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Auction 182, Lot 792

"[Letter from Union General Fitz John Porter to General William B. Franklin]",

Subject: Document - General Fitz John Porter

Period: 1871 (published)


Color: Black & White

7.6 x 9.8 inches
19.3 x 24.9 cm

This is an autographed letter signed by General Fitz John Porter, the Union general who was court-martialed for his actions at the Second Battle of Bull Run. It is dated March 23, 1871, and is addressed to General William B. Franklin, a friend of Porter's since his days as an instructor at West Point. In the letter, Porter writes, "I will send my pistol up -- gladly availing myself of your offer." This may be a reference to Franklin's position as the Vice President at the Colt Firearm Manufacturing Company. Handwritten on a sheet with a Spring Mountain Coal Company (Broadway, N.Y.) letterhead. The lot includes a newspaper clipping titled "The Vindication of Gen. Fitz John Porter," featuring correspondence from Porter, General Alfred H. Terry, and General Ulysses S. Grant seeking the annulment of Porter's court-martial.


Condition: B+

The letter has a small dampstain at bottom right and a tiny hole at top.

Estimate: $150 - $180


Closed on 4/28/2021