A Very Rare Early War Date (5 days after the war began) ALS by Confederate General States Rights Gist Requesting Arms for the famed Lexington Rifle Corps, which became Co. B., 15th South Carolina Infantry – Gist would be killed at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee

This one page letter in ink, all in the hand of S. R. Gist who at the time was Inspector General of the South Carolina troops in Charleston, S.C., is writing to the Chairman of the Board of Ordinance requesting arms for their 75 men. The letter is written on official “Adj. & Insp. Genl’s Office” stationery, Charleston, S.C. April 17th, 1861.

The 15th South Carolina Infantry proved to be a hard fighting unit with the distinction of fighting in both the Eastern and Western theaters. You know the convictions of a Father when he names his son “States Rights”! General Gist lived up to the expectations of his father faithfully serving throughout the entire war and in what was truly a suicidal assault at the battle of Franklin on November 30th, 1864, Gist became 1 of 6 Generals to be fatally struck, dying instantly. On that fateful day, Gist’s horse was killed in the first charge. He then continued on foot and shortly was struck in the chest.

With this letter is an album with over 50 pages detailing the military career of this famous South Carolina General. Condition is very fine with only minor staining. The finest Gist ALS we have seen. A $3,500 value.

#CG510SC.4-17-61 – Price $2,250