Raynors HCA 2020-02
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LETCHER, John (1813-1884) was an American lawyer, journalist, and politician. He served as a Representative in the United States Congress, was the 34th Governor of Virginia during the American Civil War, and later served in the Virginia General Assembly. He was also active on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute. Confederate Document Signed by John Letcher as Governor of Virginia, 1pp. oblong quarto, being a commission for his son "Samuel H. Letcher" as "Lieutenant Colonel in the ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FORCES of the State" on September 23, 1861. With lengthy endorsement on verso by Samuel Houston Letcher, which reads in part: "I Saml H. Letcher do solemnly swear or affirm that while I continue in the service I will bear true faith & yield obedience to the Confederate States of America & that I will serve them honestly & faithfully against their enemies & that I will observe & obey the orders of the President of the Confederate States..." Witnessed by Joseph Mayo (1795-1872) Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, who surrendered the city to the Union Army on April 3, 1865, and was twice deposed by Union generals during the military occupation and Congressional Reconstruction. Fine condition.
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Governor Letcher Commissions his Son Samuel Houston Letcher as Lieutenant Colonel with Lengthy Oath by Lt. Col. Letcher on Verso Swearing his Allegiance to the Confederate States of America

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