Aide-de-camp to Robert E. Lee during the Civil War (1830-1902) and author of General Order No. 9, Lee’s famous farewell address.
Autograph letter signed “Charles Marshall”, one page both sides, 7.25 x 9.75, April 14, 1886. Letter to Isaac Pennypacker in Philadelphia, in part:
I shall read Gen. McLaws articles at my earliest convenience, but I cannot promise that I will be able to write anything myself at this time. I fear that what is written to sustain or refute…a man’s actions so long ago, will be apt to partake a little too much of the character of anger—meant to be what is strictly speaking history, and I think it extremely unfair to judge Gen. Meade’s actions or those of any one else from our present standpoint. No military operations can be fairly considered, when we are to pass judgment on the merits of the officer who conducted them.
In very good to fine condition, with light irregular toning, trimmed left edge, and a paperclip impression to the top edge.
Great postwar content from General Lee’s eloquent aide-de-camp.