Lot #7019
Sarah Childress Polk Autograph Letter Signed

During the Civil War, the former first lady ships a trunk under the "Flag of Truce"
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Estimate: $500+


During the Civil War, the former first lady ships a trunk under the "Flag of Truce"

Wife of President James K. Polk (1803-1891) and first lady from 1845 to 1849. Civil War-dated ALS signed “Mrs. James K. Polk,” one page, 5.75 x 7, March 19, 1864. Letter to "Maj'r Gen'l Thomas, Commanding U.S. Forces &c at Chattanooga," in full: "Allow me to present to you Mrs. C. Jones, who goes out by permission and who is kind enough to take in her care, for me, a trunk, directed to my brother Mr. J. W. Childress, Griffin, Geo. The approved permits, I have given to Mrs. Jones. You may see it contains, Ladies wearing apparel. You will do me a great kindness to pass it with the 'Flag of Truce,' a favor that will be gratefully acknowledged by me." In fine condition, with light show-through along the left edge from an old mounting strip on the reverse. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Lawrence Miller Collection
  • Dates: #1008 - Ended May 21, 2020

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