South Carolina Begins its Honor Roll of Fallen Heroes

Written on “Confederate States of America, War Department” stationary, Secretary of War, James A. Seddon, writes to South Carolina Governor M. L. Bonham sending him a copy of “Special Order No. 91”… which we also have and include in this lot.  These two documents establish South Carolina’s Roll of Honor.

Transcription of Special Order No. 91

“Special Order No. 91: Wm. B. Johnston having been appointed by the General Assembly of South Carolina as Agent for the collection and Record, for deposit for State Archives, of the names of the gallant sons of South Carolina, who have, from whatever cause, fallen in their country’s defense; Commanding Officers of armies in which South Carolina troops may be serving are requested to afford him such facilities in the discharge of his duties as may not conflict with the interests of the service. – By command of the Secretary of War John M. Rieby, Assistant Adjutant General”  

Transcription of Seddon’s Letter

     Confederate States of America,

                   War Department

       Richmond, VA. April 21st 1864


His Excellency M. L. Bonham,
     Governor of S. C.

              Columbia S.C.

        I have the honor to invite
your attention to the enclosed copy if an Extract from Special Orders No. 91 issued from the Adjt. And Insp. Genl’s Office, in reference to Wm. B. Johnston, appointed by the General Assembly of S.C. as Agent for the collection, and record of the names of the gallant sons of S.C. who have fallen in their country’s defense.


                Very Respectfully
                       Your Obdt. Servt.

 James A. Seddon

 Secretary of War

Together these two documents make a tremendous display... especially if place with photos or other documents of some of South Carolina’s “Fallen Heroes”!  The Seddon letter is written on browned Confederate paper 5 by 8 inches, while the Special Order document is 8 by 10 inches.  Both pieces have some staining, but are clearly read and excellent for display!  A wonderful historic pair!

#HC33 - Price $795