January 1861 Letter to South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens, Informing of Confirmation of Military Appointments for Generals R. G. Mills Dunovant & Roswell S. Ripley

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January 1861 Letter to South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens, Informing of Confirmation of Military Appointments for Generals R. G. Mills Dunovant & Roswell S. Ripley

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Item No. 5670275

An interesting January 1861 letter to South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens signed by Willam Dennison Porter, President of the South Carolina Senate. Written just weeks after the state’s secession, the letter informed the Governor about two confirmations of military appointments in the South Carolina militia—R. G. Mills Dunovant as Brigadier General and Roswell S. Ripley as Lieutenant Colonel. Both officers were present at the bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Dunovant would be commissioned Colonel of the 12th South Carolina in September, commanded Fort Beauregard during the attack on Port Royal, and resigned in April 1862. Ripley would be promoted brigadier general in the Confederate army and commanded South Carolina’s 2nd Military District until May 1862, when he was transferred to Lee’s army in Virginia. He commanded a brigade on the Peninsula and at South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. The brief letter reads:

In the Senate
January 28, 1861

To His Excellency
Governor Pickens

Sir
I beg leave to inform you that the Senate have confirmed the nomination of R. G. M. Dunovant as Brigadier General, and R. S. Ripley Lieut. Colonel of the Battalion of Artillery.
Very Respectfully
Yr. obdt. srvt.
W. D. Porter
President of the Senate

Briefly docketed on reverse. The letter was written on a sheet of blue stationery measuring about 7 3/4” x 12 1/2”. It is in excellent condition, having just a bit of toning along the right margin. Creased where originally folded.

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