Framed handwritten Field Order from the Civil War
Place Published: Fredericksburg
Date Published: 1862
Description: 1 page written on blue paper in pencil, 5.5 x 6.75 inches, [near Fredericksburg], December 18, 1862. Written to General Jubal Early, in full: "General - Col. Critchfield and Capt. Boswell are to give you any assistance that they may be able to render. The Whitworth gun has been ordered to you in order that you may put it in position to meet the enemy's gun boats. My headquarters are on the Corbyn farm. I am General...your most obedt. servant...T.J. Jackson...Lt. General." This letter was written three days after the conclusion of hostilities at the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 15th 1862), best remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the American Civil War, with Union casualties more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates. Jackson wrote this communication while headquartered at Moss Neck, 11 miles south of Fredericksburg, on an estate owned by the Corbin family, who offered their home as winter headquarters. Jackson stayed there until March 1863 and was killed less than two months later. On the other side of the frame, there is a war-date endorsement in an unknown hand acknowledging that the letter came from T.J. Jackson, Lt. General, Dec. 18, 1862. On the same page, there is a testimonial by Jonathan W. Daniel (CSA Major assigned to General Early), May 29, 1905, stating that he found the order in papers pertaining to "Early's Division while part of Jackson's Corp." It is not cataloged in the "Official Records" and is as close as one could possibly hope in acquiring a Fredericksburg letter. The testimonial is set in a cream-colored matte beside an oval-shaped engraving of Jackson, with a tan and gold wooden frame measuring 15.5 x 18.25 inches. Jackson's penciled writing is very light due to brown toning of the paper and some fading; otherwise very good condition.
Comments: Confederate General.Signed: Y
Book ID: 254924