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Future Confederate Secretary of War
Makes Recommendation to War Department
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Seddon, a Confederate Congressman from Virginia, recommends Captain George Harrison, a veteran of First Manassas, for promotion.“My friend and fellow Countryman Captn. George Harrison late of the Goochland Cavalry serving at Manassas, where he had the privilege of participating in the perils and honor of our late victory.

JAMES SEDDON. Autograph Letter Signed, to Secretary of War Leroy P. Walker. Sabot Hill, Virginia, September 4, 1861. With integral endorsement by Harrison. 2 pp., 5 x 7⅞ in.

Inventory #21774       Price: $900

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                                                 Sabot Hill

                                                 Sept 4th 1861

Hon L.P. Walker

Secy of War.

            Sir

            I take pleasure in commending to your favourable considerations my friend and fellow Countryman Captn. George Harrison late of the Goochland Cavalry serving at Manassas, where he had the privilege of participating in the perils and honor of our late victory. Captn. Harrison is an officer of distinguished gallantry, merit and zeal, and since the commencement of the War, as well as for some time previous as on officer of Volunteers, has had experience in cavalry service. He has from the various su- [2] perior officers under whose observations he has been placed by his recent service, very strong testaments, voluntarily tendered, to his merit and qualifications. Having from circumstances, certainly in no sense derogatory to him, been disengaged from his late command, he is unwilling to remain idle or inactive in the momentous struggle for Southern Independence and is earnestly anxious to be again employed in some appropriate command. I feel sure a more efficient officer as Major or Leut Col of Cavalry could not be found readily, and in view even more of service to our cause than of private friendship, I cordially commend him to seek appointment.

[integral endorsement by Harrison:] It may be proper to remark that the writer does not intend by this language to overlook the fact that Gen. Ewell's command, to which I was attached, had not the honor of participation in the actual conflict. G.F.H.

James Seddon (1815-1880) was a Virginia lawyer, Democratic politician, and U.S. Congressman (1845-1847, 1847-1851), who was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress, and appointed Secretary of War in November 1862, serving until February 1865.

Leroy Walker (1817-1884) was a prominent Alabama Democratic politician and secessionist. Jefferson Davis appointed Walker the Confederacy’s first Secretary of War, a position for which he was ill-suited, and from which he resigned on September 16, 1861, twelve days after this letter. He was later a brigadier general in the Confederate Army, and a military court judge.


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