Handwritten letter, signed by Joseph E. Johnston, Commissioner of Railroads (CSA General). Joseph E. Johnston.
Handwritten letter, signed by Joseph E. Johnston, Commissioner of Railroads (CSA General)

Handwritten letter, signed by Joseph E. Johnston, Commissioner of Railroads (CSA General)

1885. 1 handwritten letter (2 pages), dated Washington, April 7, 1885, signed by J. E. Johnston, Commissioner of Railroads. On stationery of the Department of the Interior, Office of Commissioner of Railroads. J. E. (Joseph Eggleston) Johnston (1807-1891) studied civil engineering at West Point and joined the U.S. Army, becoming Quartermaster General by 1860. When the Civil War began, he joined the Confederate Army, where he commanded the Army of the Shenandoah, the Army of Northern Virginia, the Department of the West, and the Army of Tennessee. After the war, he represented Virginia in Congress and then served as Commissioner of Railroads in the Department of the Interior from 1885 to 1891. He had recently assumed that position when he send this letter, informing J. B. Beall, the editor of the Carroll County Times of Carrollton, Georgia, that he could not help Beall's son get a job with the government because the positions that he oversaw required skill in railroad accounting and law. He suggests that Beall's son take the civil service exam and apply for another type of position. In Near Fine Condition: 2 horizontal folds; light creasing at upper corner; clean and solid. Near Fine. Item #007330

Price: $450.00