December 06, 2012 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


Unrecorded Confederate Broadside, General Echols Orders on Depredations, September 1864

Broadside, 12 x 10.5 in. Brigadier General Echols' orders, unnumbered, dated Sept. 5, 1864, headquarters of the Dept. of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee, Dublin, Va.  Regarding depradations having been committed upon the property of citizens of South Western Va. and East Tennessee by officers and men of the department, and instructing citizens who experience such to contact the headquarters so that cases may be promptly investigated and punishment speedily inflicted and restitution made. Unrecorded; similar to Parrish & Willingham #1525, which was issued on Sept. 23, 1864 from General Echols at the same department.

Brigadier General John Echols (1823-1896) had been given command of the Department of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee just two weeks prior to the issue of these orders.  A lawyer educated at VMI and Harvard, and a native of Western Virginia, he had earlier in the war commanded the 27th Virginia at First Manassas, under the direction of Stonewall Jackson.  He was severely wounded in Jackson's Valley Campaign in the spring of 1862, but returned to participate in Maj. Gen. Loring's occupation of the Kanawha Valley later that year.  He resigned command to serve on an a commission investigating the cause of the fall of Vicksburg, but returned to command forces in the Battle of Droop Mountain, Battle of New Market, and reinforce Lee's forces near Cold Harbor before being given charge of the District of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.  Echols was marching troops toward Appomattox when he received word of Lee's surrender.

Condition:Minor holes along some fold lines.  Minor chipping at edges, especially lower left.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500


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