Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham War-Date Autograph Letter Signed


A fascinating Civil War-dated ALS signed “W. C. Wickham,” four pages, lightly-lined on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, no date but circa 1863. A letter to Lucy, in part:

“I have received orders to move up to Culpepper C. H. to be held in reserve in case a large cavalry force should be required there. It is awful use then in which to move and as my wagons are all out I shall wait a day or two before I get out, not leaving here before Thursday or Friday morning. You can not tell how painful this order was to me as it takes me so much further from you all. Where I am I feel as if you are near me all the time…I must make the best I can of it and be contented. My pen and ink get on so laboriously that I have to move to the pencil. On yesterday I went down to see Gen. Stuart and stayed with him yesterday on account of the storm, coming back today. I had a very pleasant visit. I am very fond of the Gen. and like him more and more every time am with him. Cook had been to Hayfield a few days before and says your uncle Wm. is better but quite feeble. The Yankees are withdrawing a large portion, if not the whole of their forces from before Fredericksburg but what is their purpose I have no idea. Stuart is evidently anxious for a northward trip but I do not think he has force enough to do anything efficient. Gen. Lee through he has unbounded influence over him outside of his powers to control him will keep him in check and not allow him to make the expedition unless he is satisfied that it will be right.”wickham5

In fine condition with scattered toning, staining and paper loss. This letter provides an incredible window into the Virginia Campaign and is an important piece of history. Rarely do we get such a detailed and personal glimpse into the life of an important Confederate Cavalry Commander such as this. Photo not included.

After incurring wounds at Williamsburg and then later at Sharpsburg, a convalescing Wickham and his regiment marched headlong into the battles of Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. Ordered to move to the Culpepper Court House as a means of support for Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters, Wickham was promoted to brigadier general in September of 1863. 

Wickham was a Judge, politician, and an important Confederate cavalry general (1820–1888) who fought in the Virginia campaigns during the Civil War.



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