An Historic Document from Charleston, S.C. - Signed by Mayor Charles MacBeth, who Surrendered Charleston on Feb. 18th, 1865 to Lt. Col. A. G. Bennett of the 21st U.S. Colored Troops

This document titled “City Hall, August 2, 1864” states:

I hereby certify that Mr. James Marshall of this City is a respectable baker and that I have no doubt that any flour which he may purchase will be used in his legitimate business AND NOT FOR PURPOSES OF SPECULATION. 


Given under my hand & the seal of the City the day & year above written,

Charles MacBeth



W. H. Smith

Clerk of Council

On the reverse of the document (which is actually a folded letter that is mailed to Marshal) there is a military approval signed by Major T. B. Trout: “The quantity to be limited to (15) fifteen sacks per week & the price not to exceed the schedule.” 

The folded cover is addressed “James C. Marshal, 28 Bull Street Charleston, So. Ca.”

The document is also approved on the front by Major H. O. Guerin, September 16, 1864. 

This is the first document that we have had actually in the hand and signed by Mayor Charles MacBeth.  THE FACT THAT HE SURRENDERED THE CITY THAT STARTED THE CIVIL WAR TO A BLACK REGIMENT is of course ironic.

Condition is very good, slightly trimmed, nice dark ink… very historic. 

#HC156 - Price $250