BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM N. PENDLETON - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1865 CO-SIGNED BY: LT. COLONEL WALTER H. TAYLOR - HFSID 262814
WILLIAM N. PENDLETON and WILLIAM H. TAYLOR Very rare 1863 request for leave signed by two of General Lee's confidantes Endorsement signed: "W. N. Pendleton" and "Col Taylor", 2 pages (front and verso), 9½x7¾. July 12, 1863.
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WILLIAM N. PENDLETON and WILLIAM H. TAYLOR
Very rare 1863 request for leave signed by two of General Lee's confidantes
Endorsement signed: "W. N. Pendleton" and "Col Taylor", 2 pages (front and verso), 9½x7¾. July 12, 1863. Pendleton and Taylor both signed and approved this request for leave from Lt. E. Meyers of an artillery battery form Haskell's Battalion near Richmond, Virginia. WILLIAM N. PENDLETON (1809-1883) was an Episcopal rector before serving in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War as General Robert E. Lee's chief of artillery. He graduated from West Point in 1830, resigned from the military become a teacher in 1833 and then, in 1847, gave up that in order to devote more of his life to the Episcopal Church. He was rector of Grace Church in Lexington, Virginia from 1853 until his death. He was with the Army of Northern Virginia, where he rose to the rank of brigadier general, from the First Battle of Manassas to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, and reportedly became one of Lee's friends. His only son, Alexander Swift Pendleton, was Assistant Adjutant General to Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson until 1863 and was killed at the Battle of Fisher's Hill. WILLIAM H. TAYLOR (1838-1916) joined General Robert E. Lee's staff in 1861 and, when Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, became assistant adjutant general. He was also effectively Lee's aide-de-camp. After the war, he became a banker and attorney in Norfolk, Virginia and was elected to the Virginia General Assembly as State Senator from 1869 to 1873. He was also consulted to settle disputes on the wartime records and reputations of generals from the Union and former Confederacy - so much so, in fact, that he wrote two books about his wartime experiences, Four Years with General Lee (1877) and Robert E. Lee, His Campaign in Virginia 1861-1865 (1906). Much of his information for his book came from national archives on the Army of the Potomac; he was the first person permitted to see these records. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Signatures are very light but legible. Ink from front and verso has bled through and shows on opposite side. Page has been torn neatly from a pad on one side. One edge and one corner folded over. Page has been folded twice horizontally and unfolded. Worn and torn along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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