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    FITZHUGH LEE was a Confederate general during the Civil War and governor of Virginia (1866-1890).  The nephew of Robert E. Lee, “Fitz” commanded the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia during the last months of the conflict.


    5 ¼ x 7 7/8, Special Order providing for 40 barrels of flour on Head Quarters Lee’s, September 19, 1864, on Head Quarters Lee’s Division Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia. Signed by W.B. Warwick.


    The document contains an important list of officials, including  Captain Beverly Mason (VA 4th Cavalry), who was later promoted to Major; Thomas Taylor Munford (VA 2nd Cavalry), who was ultimately promoted to Brigadier General, fought at Gettysburg and nearly three dozen other battles and was present at Appomattox Court House; John Rison Gibbons (VA 1st Cavalry), who surrendered at Appomattox; William B. Warwick (VA 4th Cavalry), who was promoted to Captain; Daniel Asbury Whitmore (VA 1st Cavalry), wounded at Brandy Station, VA; Robert W. Mountcastle (VA 5th Cavalry), who was promoted to Captain. [Research included]


    Verso reads, “Privates D.A. (Daniel Asbury) Whitmore and J.R. Gibbons will impress a mill to grind for Wickham’s Cav. Brigade.


    “By order of T.J. Munford (Signed). Col. Commanding Brigade”


    Folds, toning, soiling, more pronounced on verso.  Verso writing is in pencil and quite light.  One fold tear reinforced with archival tape.


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