Maxcy Gregg, Signed Endorsement by Confederate General, KIA


KIA Fredericksburg. A Scarce Confederate Signature!

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General Maxcy Gregg endorses an inspectors’ report from Pocotaligo Station, South Carolina.

Confederate general Maxcy Gregg, commander of a military post in South Carolina, deals with the daily challenge of feeding Confederate recruits. On 31 March, 1862 a Board of Survey “Appointed to inspect and report upon some fresh beef at Post Commissary’s Pocotaligo Station” send their findings to Gregg. The Board, comprised of Captain Leake, Lieutenant Barnwell and Lieutenant Lowrey (all of whom sign) find two quarters of beef weighing 301 pounds to be “totally unfit” to be given as rations to soldiers. They blame faulty butchering for the spoilage and recommend returning the beef to the butchers “if practicable.” On 3 April General Gregg endorses the report “Approved” on the rear of the single page report.

Gregg was soon after transferred to the Virginia front and commanded a brigade in A. P. Hill’s famous Light Division there until he was mortally wounded at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

Lightly toned; two horizontal folds. Inspectors’ report crowds right margin; Gregg’s signature is bold and clear, and does leaves plenty of border. An uncommon and nice signature from one of Lee’s Lieutenants who fell in battle.

Gregg, Maxcy (Confederate General, 1814-1862) Autograph Endorsement, signed “M. Gregg / Brig Genl C.S.” “Head. Qts, 4th Milt Dist / S.C. (Pocotaligo, SC)” 3 April, 1862. 1p., endorsed “Approved” on verso of report from commissary inspectors, 9″ x 7 “, lined paper.

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