General Earl Van Dorn War Date Cut Signature with Rank

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Cut autograph, in ink; “Earl Van Dorn, Maj. Genl”. Clip measures: 4” x 1 ½” Overall fine with vertical folds passing through his name. Scattered toning. Rare. 

The general was a West Point graduate and like many of his contemporaries, saw service in the Mexican War as well as on the Texas frontier. The general’s Civil War military prowess was certainly subject to criticism but his reputation for being a lady’s man was never questioned. 

The emotional Confederate general was murdered on May 7, 1863 at his Tennessee headquarters by a civilian doctor who claimed that Van Dorn had an affair with is wife.

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