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GENERAL JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/09/1866 - HFSID 45841

JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON. ALS: "J.E. Johnston", 2p, 7¾x10, separate sheets. President's Office, National Express and Transportation Company, Richmond, Va., 1866 February 9. To an unnamed General, said to be J.H. Wilson.

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JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON. ALS: "J.E. Johnston", 2p, 7¾x10, separate sheets. President's Office, National Express and Transportation Company, Richmond, Va., 1866 February 9. To an unnamed General, said to be J.H. Wilson. In part: "Just after the first letter was finished yours of the 6th was received. It gives a more favourable view of our prospect between Philadelphia & Baltimore than that upon which our previous correspondence was based & therefore fully confirm the opinions we have written. Let us make those arrangements with Mr. Hinckley immediately. It will add greatly to our southern business & also to that over the Baltimore & Ohio road when a contract is concluded with Mr Garrett...." Rates on various railroad routes are listed by Johnston, who continues: "It would be advantageous to us for you to see Mr Stevens with Mr Warfield. I have little doubt that he could be induced to give us his terms, even if he should not be willing to make a formal contract without the assent of his committee." Johnston saw action and was wounded in wars with the Indians and in Mexico. In July 1861, he was the commander of the Confederate troops that won the first major battle of the Civil War at Bull Run. He had moved his own unit there by railroad, the first time in history that this had been done. Johnston was wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines in May 1862. On April 26, 1865, two and a half weeks after Lee surrendered to Grant, Johnston surrendered to General William T. Sherman. Lightly creased. Folds do not touch signature. Torn upper left corner of page 2 which had separated from page 1.

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