Lot 913

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(1817-1876) Confederate major general who served under Albert Sidney Johnston in Kentucky, and led at Shiloh, Perryville and Stones River, relieved for his poor performance at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Fine content war-date A.L.S. "Braxton Bragg", 1p. 4to., "Head Quarters Army of the Tennessee", Tullahoma, Jan. 15, 1863 to Col. BENJAMIN S. EWELL (1810-1894), Confederate Army engineer, staff officer to Gen. Joe Johnston, and older brother of Gen. Richard Ewell. Bragg bitterly complains of a collaborative Southern newspaper. In part: "...I desire to call your attention to the Chattanooga Rebel...[I] suggest you impress upon the proprietors the necessity of not giving encouragement to the enemy by the character of his news items whether true or false...I have entertained serious doubts of their patriotism.,..A lady informed my that Gen. Rosecrans considers it as his organ within our lines...He informed her he received it as regularly as we did, that it gave him all the information he wanted and kept him advised of the duplicity and treason of our women who left our lines on parole and gave information to our Generals...frequent mention of the movement of our troops...It has persistently reported the enemy in full retreat...while my official dispatches announced him in force and receiving reinforcements. All of which is calculated to encourage and aid the enemy..." Blank integral leaf is tipped to another sheet, else fine. The Rebel's editor, Henry Watterson, often criticized Bragg’s military operations, prompting Bragg to threaten to ban the paper from his camps. As the war progressed, the paper was forced to constantly relocate. Federal troops eventually caught up with the Rebel in Selma, in early April 1865. The troops occupied the offices while the Rebel’s staff was held at the stockade. A few days later, as the troops left the town, they destroyed the Rebel’s presses and type, and the building was set alight. However, a small hand press survived the destruction and a few last copies of the Rebel were published before it permanently ceased on April 27, 1865.

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July 31, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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