Lieutenant Colonel Moxley Sorrel , Longstreets de facto chief of staff, wrote an order to Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw , commander of a division, to conduct an inspection in preparation for the coming campaign.A recent review had revealed to Longstreet a lack of cartridge boxes among Kershaws men. Head Quarters 1st Army Corps. Near Mechanicsville May 1 1864.
Comdg desires that you will at once make an inspection of your Division with the view of ascertaining its wants for ordnance and ordnance stores. At the recent review, there was observed to be wanting a great number of cartridge boxes, and the necessary accoutrements.
The number should at once be ascertained, and requisition made for the same. It is understood that there are a large number of cartridge boxes that was not used on the occasion referred to, because they were old.
The serviceable ones of these should be selected & put in use, and the others turned in. The Ordnance officer Capt Dawson is prepared to fill your requisition at once.
It is important that all deficiencies in this particular should be supplied by tomorrow night. It is docketed on the reverse. Sorrel served with Longstreet from July 1861 through October 1864, when he received a brigadiers star and command of a brigade in the Petersburg trenches.
The order measures about 7 x 9 and is in excellent condition. Sorrels ink has faded to a medium brown, but is still very legible. There is some minor toning to the paper, as well as some shallow separation at the folds extending from the edge of the paper about 1 or 1 1/2 at most. Please see my other items for more interesting Civil War letters, documents, and images.The item "1864 Confederate Civil War Order to Kershaw's Division Signed by Moxley Sorrel" is in sale since Friday, January 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Documents". The seller is "iron-horse-sales" and is located in Champaign, Illinois.
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