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Joseph E. Johnston

General Johnston tries to dissuade a friend from becoming an insurance man

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General Johnston tries to dissuade a friend from becoming an insurance man

Confederate general (1807–1891) who, when Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, resigned his commission as a brigadier general in the regular army—the highest-ranking US officer to do so. Initially commissioned as a major general in the Virginia militia, he relieved ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s command at Harper’s Ferry and organized the Army of the Shenandoah. ALS signed “J. E. Johnston,” one page, lightly-lined, 8 x 10.5, Southern Department, Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company letterhead, January 27, 1871. Letter to James Edmonston. In part: “I am sorry to know that you are not satisfied with your experiment in planting. The more so because it seems to me that insurance is a very uncertain resource. Unless one can obtain from a good company, the appointment of general Agent. It is only in the principal towns that those agencies will support the incumbent. In all others the agencies are held by persons who have other businesses to help the proceeds of insurance. If you are disposed to try, we can give the agencies of the Liverpool & London & Globe (fire) Ins. Co., and of the N.Y. Life Ins: Co, in any county in which they are vacant. In that connection let me suggest that you talk with Mr. Teny, our agent in Washington. He can give the information you want. In much the greater number of county towns we have no agents. Especially in the region on the right of the R.R. going from Augusta through Atlanta to Dalton.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, some scattered light toning and soiling, and light mirroring to ink. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. In 1868 Johnston began acting as an agent for the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, and within four years had a network of more than 120 agents across the deep South. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: October Monthly
  • Dates: #393 - Ended October 17, 2012

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