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Fine grouping of four signed endorsements on the verso of a war-date letter, 1p. 8vo., Satico, Miss., July 12, 1862 from 1st Lt. George P. McLean to Col. Wirt Adams. He writes in part: "Having been elected Captain of a company mustered into the Confederate service for the war in Col. Hughes' Reg't - I respectfully tender my resignation...". The first endorsement is an A.E.S. by WILLIAM WIRT ADAMS (1819-1888) as Colonel, approving and forwarding the request, followed by an A.E.S. of JONES M. WITHERS (1814-1890) who writes: "Resp. forw'd. It is usual to require the evidence of election to be appended to such applications...", followed by an A.E.S. by THOMAS JORDAN (1819-1895) as Chief of Staff, June 15, 1862: "Returned entirely disapproved. By command of Gen'l Bragg". The final endorsement, an E.S. by WILLIAM J. HARDEE (1815-1873), penned at Tupelo on July 16th, settles the matter concisely: "Resignation approved". Hardee boldly signs his name, adding rank. Adams' signature and endorsement are light with a fold through the signature, yet still legible, while all other endorsements are boldly penned and very good. The record shows that Bragg lost this one too - McLean received his commission as captain and did indeed serve under Hughes and his Louisiana partisan rangers. EBAY 1000

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