Engraved Document Signed by Robert E. Lee and John Bell Hood

It is a certificate of membership in the Southern Hospital Association for Disabled Soldiers.

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A one page ornately engraved certificate of membership in the Southern Hospital Association for Disabled Soldiers in New Orleans, founded in July 1866. The certificate is signed by Confederate generals John Bell Hood, the organization’s president, and on the bottom margin by Robert E. Lee. Hood did heroic service at Gettysburg, then...

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Engraved Document Signed by Robert E. Lee and John Bell Hood

It is a certificate of membership in the Southern Hospital Association for Disabled Soldiers.

A one page ornately engraved certificate of membership in the Southern Hospital Association for Disabled Soldiers in New Orleans, founded in July 1866. The certificate is signed by Confederate generals John Bell Hood, the organization’s president, and on the bottom margin by Robert E. Lee. Hood did heroic service at Gettysburg, then in 1864 was given overall command of Southern forces in the Western theater.

Lee has come to symbolize the entire Confederate war effort, and is the South’s enduring icon. So the two senior commanders of both Western and Eastern theaters of war in 1864 are represented here.

Both of the generals were obviously happy to associate their names with a cause that must have seemed to them the best one possible – providing for disabled Confederate soldiers. But for Hood, who had been beaten by Sherman and was highly unpopular in the post-war South, the organization had a dual purpose – it was his way back into Southern society. Snd Lee’s signature signified his endorsement of Hood’s efforts.

This is an extremely rare and impressive signed Confederate image, this one being just the second we have ever had and the third of which we are aware over all these decades.

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