War Between the States

To General Stephen D. Lee's chief of ordnance

5 x 8, in ink.

Ordnance Office
2nd Dist., Dept Miss & E. La.
Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 4th, 1863

Brigade Ordnance Officers will have their Quarters with the brigades to which they are respectively attached and near their ordnance trains.

By command of
Maj. Gen. Stevenson
(Signed) H.M. Mathews
Maj. & Ord. Off. 2nd Dist.

M. McDonald
Capt. Div. Ord. Off.

To Capt Wiggs
Ord. Off. Lee's Brigade

Light age toning and wear. Confederate Vicksburg documents are extremely desirable!

Marshall McDonald, who signed this document, was a Confederate staff officer, and Division Ordnance Officer. He was one of 5 brothers who fought for the Confederacy. He surrendered with the garrison at the fall of Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863. After the war he served as U.S. fish commissioner in the administration of President Grover Cleveland.

James A. Wiggs, the recipient of this document, was born on May 17, 1837, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he enlisted on May 15, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 4th Tennessee Infantry. Governor Isham G. Harris soon promoted him to the position of Assistant Quartermaster General of Tennessee, on June 21, 1861. Afterwards he served the Confederacy in various positions including, Chief of Ordnance, on the staff of General Stephen D. Lee; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Francis A Shoup; he surrendered with the garrison at Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863; was captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery; Chief of Staff, of General Bryan M. Thomas; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Marcus J. Wright, in the District of North Mississippi and West Tennessee; and he surrendered with the forces of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, to Union General E.R.S. Canby, and was paroled at Jackson, Miss., on May 12, 1865. He died at Starkville, Miss., on January 27, 1911, and was buried in Vicksburg. His obituary, and photo can be found in the Confederate Veteran issue of February 1913, where he was described as having a "brilliant record for service and bravery during the four year's struggle."

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