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Anderson, J. Patton to General N.B. Forrest – Apr. 14, 1865 – Hillsboro, NC

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Anderson, J. Patton to General N.B. Forrest – Apr. 14, 1865 – Hillsboro, NC
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Anderson, J. Patton
Baker, Christopher A. ( Transcriber )
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Civil War
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North America -- North Carolina -- Hillsboro
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America

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University of Florida
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HEAD QUARTERS Anderson's Div. Stewart's Corps, A.T.
Near Hillsboro N.C. April 14, 1865

General,
It has been rarely the case that I have recommended any one for position in the
service during the latter days of the war. White men are proverbially uncertain, but now
and then an individual case appears, exhibiting the highest qualities of manhood &
patriotism deserving to be distinguished above the common herd. I wish to bring to your
notice, just such a case. Lieut. J.B. Downing desires service with you. He can be relied
on, wherever you put him. As a scout, or on hazardous and important reconnaissance, he
is excellent. You may rely implicitly on what he reports. As a commander, he is as
brave as the bravest a fine disciplinarian, and excellent tactician. I ought to say too, he
is my nephew, or I could speak in still higher terms of his excellencies.
Wishing you continued success and a happy and honorable peace as the result of
your arduous labors for four years.
I am General
Very Truly
Yr. old friend
Patton Anderson
Maj. Genl.

Remember me very kindly to Mrs. Forrest and Willie, also to Mrs. Montgomery and Miss
Avarine.
P.A.

[Note in pencil in another hand]
Jessie Downing's mother was half sister of your uncle Patton, daughter by a former
marriage of his father's. Jessie was a fine soldier and we were very fond of him.


Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.




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HEAD QUARTERS Andersons Di v. Stewarts Corps, A.T. Near Hillsboro N.C. April 14, 1865 General, It has been rarely the case that I ha ve recommended any one for position in the service during the latter days of the war. White men are proverbially uncertain, but now and then an individual ca se appears, exhibiting the highest qualities of manhood & patriotism deserving to be distinguished above the common herd. I wish to bring to your notice, just such a case. Lieut. J.B. Downing desires service with you. He can be relied on, wherever you put him. As a scout, or on hazardous a nd important reconnaissance, he is excellent. You may rely implicitly on what he reports. As a commander, he is as brave as the bravest a fine disciplinarian, a nd excellent tactician. I ought to say too, he is my nephew, or I could speak in still higher terms of his excellencies. Wishing you continued success and a ha ppy and honorable peace as the result of your arduous labors for four years. I am General Very Truly Yr. old friend Patton Anderson Maj. Genl. Remember me very kindly to Mrs. Forrest and Willie, also to Mrs. Montgomery and Miss Avarine. P.A. [Note in pencil in another hand] Jessie Downings mother was half sister of your uncle Patton, daughter by a former marriage of his fathers. Jessie was a fine soldier and we were very fond of him. Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.