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War Date President Jefferson Davis ALS

1p, 7.5 x 7.75 in., Richmond, VA, July 8, 1861. To Warren Winslow regarding Harpers Ferry and ordnance. Your letter of the 4th inst. (with its enclosures) has been received. There was an appropriation by the congress at is last Session for repairs of te Machinery at Harper's Ferry. I have written to Capt. Montgomery on the subject of ordnance. The 24 pd. Howitzer would not be suitable for him. Signed Jeffn. Davis. Lot includes lithograph of Davis.

Warren Winslow (1810-1862) had been Governor of North Carolina for 25 days in 1854 (the shortest term in the history of the state - a role he served as speaker of the state senate when Governor David Reid left, and which he held until the new Governor, Thomas Bragg, was inaugurated). A supporter of southern economic interests, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives until his state's secession, when he became an advisor of Governor John Ellis and chairman of the state's Military and Naval Board, probably his role in this communication with Davis. Winslow erroneously believed the rough coastline of the state would protect the coastal forts, so he did not "beef up" manpower in that area at the beginning of the war. The Union quickly took North Carolina's coastal defenses and Winslow resigned his office. He died the following year.

Condition:Minor toning. Adhesive remaining on verso.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,763
06/11/2010

 

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