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New York, East
12 May 1999
LONGSTREET, JAMES, General, C.S.A. Autograph letter signed ("James Longstreet") to Adjutant General Thomas Jordan, [West Virginia], 27 September 1861. 2 pages, 8vo.
LONGSTREET AFTER FIRST BULL RUN
An excellent military letter in the wake of the first major battle of the Civil War. Longstreet ponders a new initiative against the enemy in Northern Virginia: "I have just received intelligence that the enemy has reopened the Mt. Vernon Turnpike...I am not sufficiently advised as to the instructions of the General, and my forces are too much scattered, and not sufficiently supported to be very effective. If I act on the defensive the enemy may move up on both sides of me. If my troops could be concentrated this would not be so bad, but spread over the extent of country that they are I could only manage a portion of them in person." In a postscript he adds: "the Couriers are all withdrawn from the Regiments of the Advanced forces. Is it the intention to leave the Regiments without the means of communicating? Please telegraph."
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