1862 Confederate Orders - General John P. McCown to 4th Tennessee Cavalry Company at New Madrid - Island No. 10

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1862 Confederate Orders - General John P. McCown to 4th Tennessee Cavalry Company at New Madrid - Island No. 10

199.99

Item No. SQ3511868

Offered here is an interesting 1862 Confederate Civil War order from General John P. McCown concerning the defense of New Madrid, Missouri and Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River. The order, written and signed by McCown's aide-de-camp Lieutenant G. P. Smoote, instructed Captain J. J. Neely's cavalry company from the 4th Tennessee to send an officer and ten men to keep an eye on on Union army activity across the river. It reads, in full:

Head Quarters
Madrid Bend
March 13th 1862

Captain
The General Commanding instructs me to say that he desires you to start a commissioned officer and ten men to the Station opposite New Madrid at day light tomorrow morning, to which place they will repair as speedily as possible, with instructions to keep most vigilant watch, and report as rapidly as they can to these Head Quarters, every important movement of the enemy on tomorrow.

Truly,
Your Obdt Servt
GP Smoote
A.D.C.

Capt Neely
Comdg Cav. Co.

The order was written upon a 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not delicate. Very little wear to edges and corners, although it is rough along the left edge where Smoote separated this sheet from its twin. Minor foxing. Creases where originally folded. At some point in the past clear tape was applied to the reverse at the main fold in order to contain separation, an effort that has been successful in preventing further deterioration.

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