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Autograph Letter Signed, by John Reid. Lafayette, Alabama. December 18th, 1863. 8.5" x 6". [3], [1] pp., on wove, single folded sheet. Creased, as previously folded, blank page with some soiling, mild toning, three very tiny holes at folds, Very Good. ******************** AN INTERESTING LETTER FROM JOHN REID TO HIS SON, INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF SLAVES FLEEING: "Your uncle Will returned yesterday from Lafayette in Walker County Georgia. He went there after some of his negroes... some 3 or 4 refused to come with him and took themselves off to the Federals." He goes on to mention his plans to buy a horse and travel northward from Alabama, as "The age of conscription will be extended by Congress so as to include one of my age. Davis recommended this in his message. So that, if I were to remain here, I could be of no advantage to you... My family need my presence and I know I ought to go home... But keep all this to yourself." Reid was very well-connected: "Gov. Brown wrote me that Neill said that you and ---? lost some of your clothes... Whenever you need money or clothes, write to your uncle or Gov. Brown in my absence... I pray God to bless and protect you. John Reid." Appears to be by John William Reid (1821 – 1881), likely referencing Georgia Governor Joseph Brown. An incredibly unique letter by an important figure.

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[Civil War, Slaves] Confederate ALS, Dec. 1863

Estimate $400 - $600Aug 17