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Confederate Prisoners of War Autograph Page, Johnson's Island, Incl. General James J. Archer, Captured at Gettysburg

War-date Johnson's Island, Ohio autograph album page, featuring the signatures of six Confederate prisoners of war, ca 1863. Inscribed front and back with period ink, many with hometowns and/or places of capture. Notably among the signatures presented here is that of Brigadier General Jame J. Archer (1817-1864). Archer fought with the Army of Northern Virginia until his capture at Gettysburg and subsequent confinement at Johnson's Island. After one year, Archer was released, but his health had deteriorated in prison and he died shortly thereafter in Richmond. Catalogued by Michael Reese in Autographs of the Confederacy as "a scarce signature."

Front page: three (3) signatures: "J[ames] J[ay] Archer. Maryland, Brig. Genl. P.A.C.S... R[obert] H[arris] Archer, Maryland, A.A. Genl. P.A.C.S. Staff of Brig. Genl. Archer...N[ewton] J. George, Lt. Col. 1st Tenn. Inft., Lincoln County, Tennessee."

Back page: three (3) signatures: "J[ohn] D. Saunders, Lt. 12th Ark. Regt. Inft. Address Holly Springs, Ark...J[ames] K. White Capt., 8th Texas Cavalry, Captured McMinnville, Tenn., Residence Clinton Dewitt Co., Texas...Ed[ward] M. Linzee, Lieut. 12 Ark. Vol. Inft. Port Hudson, La., Bloomington, Mo., July 9, 1863."

Condition:

Toning and slight smudging to ink on front page, with some light contemporary pencil notations. Small tear at lower right near bottom edge.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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