Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 173

Price Realized: $ 1,040
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Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(CIVIL WAR--CONFEDERATE.) Samuel [Pickens?] Letter describing the vote for the Ordinance of Secession in central Virginia. Autograph Letter Signed only as "Samuel" to his mother M.G. Pickens in Raleigh, NC. 6 pages, 8 x 5 inches, in 2 sheets; short separations at intersection of folds. With cancelled stamped mailing envelope bearing Arrington, VA postmark. Belmont Academy [Arrington, VA], 24 May 1861

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The author was a teacher at the Belmont Academy founded by noted educator Dr. Gessner Harrison. "Yesterday being Election Day and the teachers wishing to vote on the Ordinance of Secession, we had only one recitation after breakfast, and then almost all of us went down to New-Market [now Norwood], a small town on the James River about three miles from here. We had some very good speeches; one excellent one from Dr. Harrison. . . . They were trying to get additions to a company which one of our teachers, Mr. Wood, has been drilling and instructing. . . . There was not a vote given at New-Market nor at Lynchburg against secession."