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LEE, Robert Edward (1807-1870) was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until its surrender in 1865. LONGSTREET, James (1821-1904) was one of the foremost Confederate generals of the American Civil War and the principal subordinate to General Robert E. Lee, who called him his "Old War Horse". He served under Lee as a corps commander for most of the famous battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia in the Eastern Theater, and briefly with Braxton Bragg in the Army of Tennessee in the Western Theater. SORREL, Gilbert Moxley (1838-1901) was a staff officer and Brigadier General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. RANSOM, Jr. Robert (1828-1892) was a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. His brother Matt W. Ransom was also a Confederate general officer and U.S. Senator. War-date Confederate officer Autograph Letter Signed "W.M.K. Clark 1st Lieut. & Adjut 35th Regt." 1pp. folio, Camp 35th Regt. N.C. Troops, December 4, 1862, addressed to General Cooper, it reads in part: "...I respectfully beg leave to tender my resignation to take effect immediately of my position as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 35th Regiment N.C. Troops for the following reasons: The state of my father's health added to the fact that he has a large number of negroes in a section of country exposed to the inroads of the enemy and his utter inability to procure an overseer demands that he should have someone to assist him or superintend the moving them if necessary and being but barely sixteen (16) years of age myself and consequently exempt from all military duty, I, as above, respectfully beg leave to tender my immediate and unconditional resignation..." with endorsements on verso and separate leaf sending it up the chain of command with bold signatures traveling from Sorrel to Ransom to Longstreet and eventually to the desk of Robert E. Lee, who dictates "The reasons given form no claim for resignation. He entered the service voluntarily & has held an honorable position. If able to render corresponding service he shall continue. R.E. Lee" Fine condition.
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16 Year Old Soldier’s Resignation is Denied with  Endorsments by Generals Robert E. Lee, James Lonstreet, Robert Ramson

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Auction closed on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
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