Stonewall’s Man, Sandie Pendleton Writes Home to his Mother During the Valley Campaign, April 1862 – Includes Excellent Postally Used Cover
Over the years we have been privileged to sell several Sandie Pendleton letters. This is the only one that we have seen, or know of, that includes a cover in the hand of Pendleton featuring his autograph in the return address. The reason that this cover exists is because it is an integral part of this “folded” letter. The postal history collector can keep the letter folded to display its perfect cover or the letter collector can display the letter opened up. In either case, the condition is excellent.

Description of the cover: It has a dark “Staunton, Va.” postmark and a manuscript “Due 5”. It is addressed to Mrs. A. E. Pendleton, Lexington, Virginia. Off to the left is written:

“Maj. Harman Please forward.
A.S. Pendleton
Lt. C. S. A.”

Description of the letter: Written on two sides of a 7 ¼ x 9 ½ inch sheet of white stationery headed “Swift Run Gap, April 30th, 1862”. This is during Stonewall Jackson’s famous Valley Campaign in which Jackson’s genius as a superb leader was first revealed.

Sandie first thanks his mother for writing as he had just received a letter from her and his sister Mary. In a previous letter Sandie had sent home some money for his mother and sisters and he states, “But don’t, I beg, try to keep the money for me. It is my duty to do all I can now for the girls at least and besides there is nothing for me to do with the pay except cover my expenses & send it to you. Do as you think best with it.” Sandie had a great love for his sisters and Mary had sent him one of the flowers from their garden. Sandie states, “I would like to see you all & the flowers & everything at home, for the specimen Mary sent, they must be getting out by this time.” “If in our next fight, which must come off shortly, Providence protects me as He has here to for, I am going to make strenuous efforts for a short furlough.”

Sandie had run his first horse almost to its death and that horse was now at home. He writes: “I was amused at Mary’s asking permission to ride my horse. Why he’s a great big horse that can do nothing but run, trot hard, & jump, and it is as much as I can do to hold him when he has any flesh on his bones, and now he is so poor, he can hardly carry himself. She would be welcome to him if he were fit to ride. When I bring this one home, she can ride her. Don’t send the horse back, but keep him still. I don’t think Lexington in reach.”

Sandie concludes, “Danger now of immediate invasion. I sent your letter to PA by George Bedinger this morning to be mailed in Charlottesville. I have sent him several letters myself. Write to me, “Care Gen. T. J. Jackson” & put on envelope “Maj. Harman in Staunton, please forward” & I trust I shall get the letters. Love to each & all. I hope you are not troubled with such bad weather as we are having. God bless you all. Your fond son, A. S. Pendleton”

From Sandie Pendleton’s joining the Sons’ of Liberty and the Southern Guard at the University of Virginia where he planted a Confederate flag on the Rotunda in March of 1861, to his becoming Stonewall Jackson’s Chief-of-Staff, and finally his wounding and death at the battle of Fisher’s Hill, the life of Sandie Pendleton remains one of the finest stories of the Civil War. Be sure to obtain a copy of W. G. Bean’s Stonewall’s Man, Sandie Pendleton and read this great story about the only Officer whom Jackson called by his first name, “Sandie”.

#L476 – Price $3,295