Lot #304
Jefferson Davis

Confederate ‘war booty’ recovered “in Jefferson Davis’ house in Mississippi, just before it was burned to the ground”

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Estimate: $800+

Description

Confederate ‘war booty’ recovered “in Jefferson Davis’ house in Mississippi, just before it was burned to the ground”

Hand-addressed and free franked envelope, 5.5 x 3.25, addressed by Davis to his brother, "J. E. Davis, Esq., Warrenton, Mississippi," and franked in the upper right, "Jeffn Davis/ M.C." Written vertically in the upper left corner is a note by Union Colonel C. W. LeGendre, which reads, "Found in Jefferson Davis' house in Mississippi, just before it was burned to the ground by the Union Western troops. Presented to J. A. Stevens, Jr., Esq by Chs. W. LeGendre, Col 51st Regt. NY Infantry, Chs. W. LeGendre Col. 51st." In very good condition, with overall soiling and light staining, and a repaired tear. LeGendre was a French-born Union officer, brevetted brigadier general at the war's end, and later appointed US Consul to China. After LeGendre passed, he was buried in Seoul, where he was serving as advisor to the Korean ruler.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #587 - Ended July 08, 2020





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