• Robert E. Lee's Judge Advocate General Maj. Henry Edward Young

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    HENRY EDWARD YOUNG (1831-1918) was Judge Advocate General on the staff of Robert E. Lee. He was educated at the University of Berlin in what was then Prussia.  Young had the rank of first lieutenant in the South Carolina Militia during the Civil War. He was promoted to captain in September 1861 and served with Generals Drayton, Jones, Longstreet and Anderson before becoming Judge Advocate General. He was promoted to Major in 1864.

     

    Young saw action during all the campaigns of Virginia and at Antietam and Gettysburg and he was with Lee at Appomattox.  After the war, he became a partner with Benjamin Huger Rutledge in the law firm of Rutledge and Young.

     

    One-page ALS, 5 ¾ x 9 ½, March 25, 1903, from his law firm in Charleston, SC, instructing the recording of a deed in Georgetown.

     

    Even toning and uneven toning on verso.  A nice association piece from one of Lee’s most trusted staff members who was with him at Appomattox and also present during major Civil War campaigns.

     

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