War-dated handwritten bank draft, signed “T. J. Jackson, Col,” on the second integral page of a one page ALS, 4.75 x 7.75, lightly-lined, July 5, 1861, from Jackson, signed “T. J. Jackson.” The draft reads, “Darkesville, Berkeley County, Va., July 5, 1861. Bank of Rockbridge pay to the order of J. H. Myers one hundred dollar.” At the bottom of the page, Jackson writes, “Remember me very kindly to Dr. White & my other friends. It has given me great satisfaction to see so much religious interest as I have observed in the Army. Of course it is far behind that seen in civil life. I am much obliged to you for your kindness.”
Jackson’s letter on the first page, also dated July 5, 1861, reads, in full, “I send herewith my note for the renewal of the old one to the amount of one hundred dollars. Please send me a check for the balance in my favor in your books. If you can, please make it payable in Richmond. I can sign the check when it reaches me specifying the amount & endorsed by yourself or Mr. Frigatt as good for the specific sum.” In fine condition, with vertical ink lines through bank draft and its signature, not affecting overall legibility, a vertical fold, and some mild toning.
Contrary to his unpopularity among his white students at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Jackson’s reputation among the black population in his town, slaves and free men alike, was second to none. Organizing a Sunday school for black children at the Presbyterian Church in 1855 with the permission of his pastor, Dr. William S. White, he devoted much of his time and energy to his students there, providing not only a valuable religious education, but also a respectful and caring style of discipline rarely displayed by white men of the time. When he left Lexington to join the war, he stayed in touch, never writing about military victories or battles, but always taking the time to ask after the children, their classes, and the church. He also continued to send money for new books for the school, including this offering of $100 in July of 1861. Penned just three weeks before his valiant action at the First Battle of Bull Run, during which he held his ground ‘like a stone wall,’ earning his famous moniker, this is a magnificent reminder of the Confederate hero’s admirable pursuits at home. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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