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W. T. WALTHALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/09/1880 - HFSID 283791

Writing from the retirement estate of Jefferson Davis in 1880, where he was helping Davis finish his history of the Confederacy, Walthall replies to an inquiry about the Battle of the Sabine Pass, in Texas. Autograph Letter signed: "W. T.…"

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W. T. WALTHALL
Writing from the retirement estate of Jefferson Davis in 1880, where he was helping Davis finish his history of the Confederacy, Walthall replies to an inquiry about the Battle of the Sabine Pass, in Texas.
Autograph Letter signed: "W. T. Walthall", 1 page, 10½x16 folded to 8x10½, written on front and inside panel. Beauvoir P. O., Harrison County, Mississippi, 1880 January 9. The David Wall, Buffalo, New York. In full: "Ex-President Davis requests me to acknowledge and answer your letter to him of the 6th inst., making inquiry with regard to the number of men engaged in the Battle of the Sabine Pass (to which your letter is presumed to refer,) fought on the 8th of September 1863. The federal forces immediately engaged in the attack consisted, according to their own official reports, of four men-of-war steamers, with their officers and crews, and in addition to those a number of sharpshooters detailed from the land forces. The exact 'number of men' on board of these vessels is not stated, but some two hundred prisoners were taken from the two steamers that were captured, besides about fifty killed or wounded and a few that escaped. Supposing the number to have been about equally divided among the four steamers, therefore, it is reasonable to assume that they carried at least five hundred men. These were backed by four thousand troops in transports who were, however, not brought into action. The two captured vessels carried fifteen heavy guns, from which we may conclude that the four engaged in the fight probably carried thirty, altogether. The largest and most powerful of these is known to have escaped. The Confederate forces engaged, according to the report of Major General Magruder, commanding the District, consisted of about two hundred men, with 'three guns of small caliber.' President Davis has no autograph of General Beauregard available for your purpose. Very respectfully your obedient servant". Major W. T. Walthall, Confederate Assistant Adjutant General during the Civil War, later became personal Secretary to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Living in an adjacent house at Beavoir, the Mississippi estate where Davis wrote his memoirs and spent the last years of his life, Walthall assisted in writing the two-volume book and arranged publication for The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, published in 1881. Walthall represented Davis at some ceremonial events, and wrote defenses of the former CSA leader. For example, he wrote a lengthy letter in 1877 to refute unflattering accounts of Davis' flight from Richmond and seizure by US forces (April,1865). Vertical and horizontal letter folds. 1 horizontal fold crosses the "W" of the signature. Lightly toned at edges and folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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