This rare piece of Civil War history that came out of a diary that also contained autographs of Abraham Lincoln and his entire Cabinet including Robert E.Lee and several other Union and Confederate Generals. I kept this particular piece as to its rarity, uniqueness and location.
The paper contains the autograph hand writing of Major General Edward “ Old Allegany” Johnson and Brigadier General John Robert Jones. Both of these Confederate Generals were imprisoned at Fort Warren in the year 1868? The Generals were refused to sign their names while incarcerated and instead wrote the ladies names on the return postal covers. The ladies themselves had of rich Civil War history. Margaret Bowles helped in the Confederate underground and Margaret’s husband, James W. Bowles fought with the Confederate
Kentucky Cavalry (Duke's) in Company C. He entered service with a rank of Captain.
He exited service as a Lieutenant Colonel. Grace B. Shreve was the daughter of Leven Shreve, a Louisville civic leader, became the first president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Here brother Lev Shreve Lev Shreve pitched three years in the majors from 1887 to 1889. He was one of the youngest players in his league all three years.
In a bit of trivia, his batting average (.195) is equal to his career number of at-bats, 195.
*The document roughly measures 4 ½ x 6 3/5 inches and is in XF Condition.
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