Make an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response! Take a Look at This Week's Specials! GENERAL EDMUND KIRBY SMITH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 284398. EDMUND KIRBY SMITH Signed handwritten letter (undated), responding to an autograph request Autograph Letter signed: "E Kirby Smith", 1 page, 5x4¼. To "My dear Miss Charlotte", in full: Accept my apologies for not sooner sending you the autograph desired.
Army in Mexico and Texas and taught at West Point before joining the Confederate cause, was the one of the last Generals to surrender at War's end nearly two months after Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and he was the last surviving full General on either side at the time of his death. Smith, under General Joseph Johnston's Command, was wounded at First Manassas, but he later led a successful push into Kentucky at the Battle of Richmond (1862) and was placed in charge of the Trans-Mississippi Department. That year, Smith also deployed troops that fought at the Battle of Corinth, in which his brother, Union Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Smith, was mortally wounded. The fall of Vicksburg split the Confederacy in 1863, and isolated Smith's command, which included Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Indian Territory, where he initiated industry that helped supply his department with food and provided goods for trade with Europe. Smiths' forces repelled the North's River attack in 1864, the year before his surrender.
After taking the Oath of Amnesty following the war, he became president of the Atlantic Telegraph Company and later resumed his academic career as a mathematician. Adhesive and tape residue on verso, upper and lower edges (show-through at both edges). Horizontal fold 1 from top edge.
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