Jackson's Valley Campaign letter to see $15,000 in civil war auction

A letter from Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, detailing the early days of his famous campaign through the Shenandoah Valley, will be sold as top lot in Heritage Auctions' December 12 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction in Dallas.

Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign prevented more Union troops from joining the campaign on Richmond

The letter is written to General Joseph E Johnston, and tells of Jackson's movements in the first days of the campaign, during which he led an army of 17,000 to several victories against three Union armies totalling more than 52,000 men.

It is expected to sell for $10,000-15,000.

The letter was written just one week before the First Battle of Kernstown, which Jackson lost but which turned out to be a strategic victory for the Confederates.

Following the battle, Abraham Lincoln reinforced his troops in the valley, which prevented more from joining the campaign to capture Richmond, Virginia - the purpose of Jackson's Valley Campaign.

Detailing a skirmish between Colonel Turner Ashby and Union troops, Jackson writes: "Ashby had one man wounded, one horse killed and another wounded in the skirmish & the enemy fell back. Ashby has also fallen back with his main body expecting the enemy to advance again today. Our cavalry picket is near Newtown."

Also valued at $10,000-15,000 is an endorsement signed by both Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, with the Lincoln signature dated March 10, 1865 (five weeks before his death) and the Johnson autograph dated May 9, 1865, showing the transferral of presidential duties.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has the wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln's home for sale.

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