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It is reported that CSA General J.E.B. Stuart’s final command at his 1864 death was "Order Wickham to dismount his brigade and attack”. The officer referred to was General Williams C. Wickham, an important CSA cavalry officer who engaged in numerous Civil War battles, including Antietam and Gettysburg. After the war he took part in restoring relations between the North and South and also in improving the economy of his Virginia home state. Wickham also served as president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and as a Senator in the Virginia General Assembly.
This flower of the Southern manhood showed his caring nature with the offered letter, which reads in full as “Culpepper C.H. Sept. 4, 1863, My dearest Lucy, When I arrived here last night I found General Stuart just getting out on an expedition, and he desired me to re-main until his return. I cannot tell, therefore exactly when I will be down. Stuart would not let me go with him. My love to all. Your own husband, W.C. Wickham”.
Accompanied by its original stamped and postmarked mailing envelope, this genuine Civil War relic remains solid and legible, rating as (EX-MT) with deference to original period compacting folds, one of which passes through Wickham’s fanciful (“6-7”) strength signature. Full photo LOA from JSA.