Handwritten letter as US Attorney for South Carolina, writing to
James Simons, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, just one year
before both Conner and Simons, became Confederate generals!
Autograph Letter signed: "James Conner", 1 page, 5½x9½. No
place, 1860 April 9. To "Hon. Jas. Simons, in full: "You
may consider the appeal abandoned. I will file the answer as soon as possible,
but I am so pressed at present that I cannot say positively when. I will mark
the appeal abandoned. Should I forget it, you can say so on the call. Yours very
truly". Docketed on verso. JAMES CONNER (1829-1883) was U.S.
Attorney for South Carolina (1856-1860), but attended the secession convention
in December 1860, and - declining a civil appointment - became a captain in the
Hampton Legion, suffering the first of several wounds at First Manassas (June
1861). Rising to regimental command and the rank of brigadier general, he was
wounded again at Mechanicsville, but led the 22nd North Carolina at
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Recuperating from his wounds while
serving on court martial panels, Conner returned to the fray as a brigade
commander, losing a leg at Gaines Mill. From 1876-1877, Conner was Attorney
General of South Carolina, helping to elect his former commander, Wade Hampton,
as the State's first post-Reconstruction Governor. James Simons (1813-1879)
was Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and commander of
a brigade of state militia. After participating in the assault on Fort
Sumter, he was the first person promoted to general grade rank by Confederate
President Jefferson. Barred from further command by disagreements with South
Carolina Governor Pickens, Simons re-enlisted as a private soldier in the Marion
Artillery. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Edges worn and frayed.
Corners creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES CONNER
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