GEORGE W. BRENT (1821-1872) was a Confederate Colonel, Chief of Staff to Confederate Generals P.G.T. Beauregard and Braxton Bragg.
JOHN HERBERT KELLY (1840-1864), 24, was the youngest brigadier general in the Confederate States Army at the time of his promotion. He was killed during an engagement at Franklin, TN, on September 2, 1864 during Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s raid.
One-page, ALS, signed “George W. Brent AAG”, 4” x 5”, in pencil, Hd Qrs., Nov. 28 [n.y.], addressed to Maj. Gen. Wheeler. “Genl. Gen. [John H.] Kelly attacked enemy at Cleveland on the 26th and defeated him & pursued him towards Harrison. Can you communicate with him & direct as to our position & covering our front & flank...”
Light soiling. Irregular right margin. With nice docketing on verso, in ink, and in another hand. The paper this was written on clearly reflects paper shortages suffered by the South during the Civil War. A fine example of the Confederacy passing important information to some of its most important officers.
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