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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. War-date Confederate Endorsement Signed "R E Lee Genl." 2pp. quarto, Hd Qr Army Northern Virginia, October 4, 1864, and reads in part: "...You will see by the above that your apprehensions as regards the placing of torpedoes in the bed of the river by the enemy are correct. I hope you will be able to prevent them. You must at least keep that part of the river clear in which you wish to operate." at the conclusion of "intercepted dispatches" sent to Capt. J.K. Mitchell, Flag Officer J.R. Squadron. The dispatches read in part: "...Our troops hold Chaffins Bluff and the gunboats are annoying them. Gen. Butler wishes some torpedoes as soon as possible to place in the river to prevent them from coming down. Percussion torpedoes would be preferred, and the professor had better come with them at once. If they cannot be procured at Norfolk, would it not be advisable to order some from Washington." and "Please keep four carpenters and two blacksmiths ready to go to work on my arrival. Leave here at once to make torpedos. Gen. Grant's order." Fine condition.
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General Robert E. Lee Signed Document  regarding Union  Navy Placing Torpedos in the River

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Minimum Bid: $2,750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,375.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Auction closed on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
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