Jurist (1811-1889) who served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court from 1853 until 1861, when he resigned to become the Confederate Assistant Secretary of War. Civil War-dated ALS signed “J. A. Campbell,” one page, 7 x 5.25, Confederate States of America War Department letterhead, August 19, 1863. Letter to Col. Jeremy Francis Gilmer, chief engineer of the Confederate States Army, in full: "Mr. Bliss of Alabama, is a member of the bar of that state of much reputation & character & is entrusted as an officer & shareholder in the Gainesville Railroad—He desires to confer with you on the subject. His statements are all trustworthy. This is to introduce him to you." In fine condition, with a crease to the lower left corner. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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