PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS (CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA) - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1862 CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN H. WINDER, GENERAL THOMAS J. GREEN - HFSID 258505
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JEFFERSON DAVIS, JOHN H. WINDER and THOMAS J. GREEN
Davis signs an autograph endorsement forwarding to Confederate Secretary of War Benjamin a handwritten letter from Green, a former general in the army of independent Texas, warning that Confederate soldiers were carrying CSA weapons home with them. General Winder adds a handwritten note to the same document, ordering that guards be posted at depot and they confiscate these weapons.
Civil War-date Autograph Endorsement signed: "Sec of War attention./J D", as President of the Confederate States of America in pencil in upper blank margin of letter to him. THOMAS J. GREEN. ALS: "Thos J Green", 1p, 7¼x9¼. Esmeralda near Warrenton North Carolina, 1862 March 17. To "HIS EXCL./JEFFERSON DAVIS/PRES. C.S.A.". In full, original spelling: "I feel it my duty to call your attention to what I believe is highly detrimental to the public service. From what I have seen every train going south from Virginia has then, either discharged, furlowed, sick, or pretendedly so, carrying with them side and fire arms belonging to the confederate government. Should you concur with me in the opinion that no arms should be brought from the seat of war under any pretext, you will apply the remedy in the right quarter. I have the honor to be very truly your political & personal friend." THOMAS J. GREEN (1802-1863) moved to Texas in 1836 and served in the Texas Army. After being commissioned Brigadier General, he returned to the United States to raise volunteers, money and ammunition for the Texas cause. He later served in the Texas Congress. Green returned to the United States just before the annexation of Texas and moved to California in 1849. He later became Major General of the California militia. In his declining years he returned to North Carolina and settled on Esmeralda Plantation on Schocco Creek where, according to his son, on December 12, 1863, he died of heartbreak over the reverses of the Confederacy. President Davis referred Green's letter to his Secretary of War, Judah P. Benjamin, who must have forwarded it to Brigadier General John Winder. JOHN H. WINDER. ANS: "John H. Winder/BG" in pencil on verso. In full: "Captain Godwin have a guard at the Depots and direct that all arms going from the army be taken." Two months after this letter was written, in May 1862, President Davis placed General John H. Winder (1800-1865) in command of Richmond. He was also given the task of organizing the care of all Union prisoners east of the Mississippi. In April 1864, Winder appointed Captain Henry Wirz as commandant of the new Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Captain Wirz was the only Confederate military officer tried, convicted and hanged after the Civil War. Ironically, General Winder, Captain Wirz's superior at Andersonville, who had more responsibility for conditions within the prison than Wirz, died of a heart attack on February 7, 1865, two months before the war ended. Lightly creased. Folds. Verso also is slightly soiled. Goodwin's writing light.
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