Fifteen days after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Confederate forces under the command of General Joseph Johnston were still massed at Greensboro, North Carolina. In a handwritten letter to Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, Union General W.T. Sherman demanded their surrender. Heritage Galleries is selling the rare document, carrying a pre-sale estimate of $80-$120,000, in its June 26 auction of Civil War artifacts.
Other items of unusual interest include a Matthew Brady half-plate Ambrotype photograph of Confederate hero John Pelham, who was killed in a cavalry charge at Kelly’s Ford. The image, which is estimated to sell for $65-$85,000, is believed to have been shot in Brady’s New York studio, while Pelham was on leave from West Point.Â In addition to other letters and photographs, the sale features a variety of swords, knives, rifles, revolvers, uniforms, and flags.
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