Confederate General Robert F. Hoke Autograph Note Signed

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Carolina Life Insurance Company financial statement, Raleigh, NC, 1 June 1870. 4pp, 8.5 x 11 in., listing Jefferson Davis as President of the company, an office he took on in 1869. On the last page is a note: Shall be glad to see you at my office when you come to Raleigh, and pleased to insure your life. Your’s Truly &ct. R.F. Hoke.” Condition: Folds as expected, else very good. Ink a bit light, but very readable.

Robert Frederick Hoke (1837-1912) was born in Lincoln County, NC. He enlisted as soon as war was “official.” He was commissioned into the 1st NC Vol. Infy., Co. K, as 2nd lieut. and worked his way through the ranks (major 8.1.61; lt. col. 1.17.62; col. 8.5.62) becoming brigadier general in Jan. 1863 and major general in April 1864. Even Union Generals such as Grant acknowledged Hoke’s coolness under fire and effectiveness as an officer.  He took over leadership of the 33rd NC when its colonel, C.M. Avery, was captured at the Battle of New Bern. With this unit he fought at the second Battle of Manassas and Antietam. When Avery returned Hoke was given command of the 21st NC. He fought at Fredericksburg and was wounded at Marye’s Heights in the Battle of Chancellorsville.

While he was recovering, Isaac Avery took command of the unit.Hoke returned in Jan. 1864, resuming his competent field command, especially repulsing Union forces that threatened Richmond and Petersburg. He served with distinction at Cold Harbor and other battles before moving to North Carolina. His forces held William T. Sherman until overwhelmed with superior numbers. He surrendered with Johnston at the end of April. 

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