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1834 Edmond Ruffin ALS

1834 Edmond Ruffin ALS

Out of the very height of the building tensions which led to the American Civil War comes this amazing handwritten letter from Edmund Ruffin, ardent states’ rights advocate who was given the "honor" of firing the first shot against Fort Sumter. So convinced was he of the South’s need for secession, that he was compelled to commit suicide with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. This letter, dated October 10, 1884 refers to an incident involving his business endeavors and is signed, “Respectfully, Ed Ruffin.” In black fountain pen, it grades “7” out of a possible 10. Paper with original folds and evenly toned, VG-EX. From legendary autograph collection.

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