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Lot #219
Kit Carson Signature

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American scout and soldier (1809-1868) who takes a place among the most colorful personalities in the Old West. Rare and sought-after Civil War-era ink signature, "C. Carson,” on an off-white 3.75 x 1.75 slip clipped from a letter, with his rank penned below in another hand: "Colonel 1st Cav. N.M. Vols., Comd'g Reg't." In fine condition, with slight show-through along the left edge from old mounting residue on the back. Serving as an Indian Agent before the Civil War, Carson resigned his post and was enlisted with the New Mexico Volunteers as a lieutenant colonel, leading the 1st New Mexico Volunteer Infantry and training the new men. He was commissioned as a colonel in October 1861, and brevetted brigadier general in March 1865—dating this signature to the wartime period. Provenance: Lot 192, Christie's, November 8, 2000.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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