Confederate Major General Robert E. Rodes War Date Signed Document

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Major General Robert E. Rodes is an extremely scarce autograph. Document is pre-printed and filled in with ink.  “ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES / CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE” from the famed shock troops of the Confederacy, 5th Alabama Infranty. Private Hailey was discharged for “Chronic Rheumatism and old age”. Signed by Capt. Eugene Blackford, who was very famous in his own right and would reach the rank of Lt. Colonel. Also an endorsement by Robert W. Park, Surgeon. Hailey was 57 years old! Document is dated May 20, 1862. The backside of the document bears endorsements by Brigadier General Robert E. Rodes(KIA 3rd Battle of Winchester 09/19/64) and Colonel Christopher C. Pegues (MWIA Gaines Mill 6/27/62, died on 7/15/62). This document is framed with an original CDV of a well-known bust view of Rodes in a Confederate Generals uniform. The reverse has a photographer’s imprint for VANNERSON & JONES… RICHMOND, VA. Across the bottom is a pencil inscription that reads “J. MONROE HEISKELL.” J. Monroe Heiskell is James Monroe Heiskell. He was a grandson of President James Monroe and a 1863 graduate of Georgetown University.  He served for a time in Company C, 1st Maryland Cavalry before joining Company D, 43rd Virginia Cavalry also known as Mosby’s Rangers. He took part in raids beginning in July of 1864 and was with Mosby till captured near Relay House, Maryland on January 4, 1865. He was sent to Fort Warren where he took the oath of allegiance on June 13, 1865. He is pictured in a group photograph with Mosby on page 280 of “43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry Mosby’s Command” by Hugh C. Keen and Horace Mewborn. Not sure why Heiskell would have signed this image, but it’s a conversation piece in its own right! This item has been double sided framed so you can view the document in its entirety. It also has a nameplate listing General Rodes name and rank. General Rodes signature is extremely scarce and would be a welcomed addition to any Civil War collections. 

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