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(1835 - 1894) Confederate major general who commanded a brigade of cavalry with Wheeler at Atlanta, also wounded at Perryville.Rare war-date A.E.S. penned nine days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox! The endorsement is written on the verso of a manuscript D.S., a Certificate of Disability for Discharge issued to Pvt. W. A. Lipscomb of the 3rd Alabama. On the verso, Allen writes: "Headquarters Allen Cavalry April 18/65 Approved & forwarded. Wm. W. Allen Brig. Gen. Comdg". Also endorsed by Col. D. T. BLAKELY commanding a brigade at the time. Interestingly, no other forwarding endorsements appear, undoubtedly because there no longer existed a Confederate capitol or military hierarchy. Nevertheless, Allen fought on in the Carolinas until May 4th. Marginal loss and a few insect holes largely clear of endorsement, possibly the last document Allen signed with rank.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

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