1863 CONFEDERATE CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANS – STEPHEN PRESSTMAN, CHIEF ENGINEER, ARMY OF THE TENNESEE

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Dated “Hd Qrs A. T.  Sept. 21, 1863.” 1 pp., in pencil, 5.75 x 4.75”.  Exhibits fold-marks, mounting stain along right margin. Else VG and entirely legible. In protective sleeve, accompanied by documentation.

This note is from a collection of war-time correspondence of R.P. Rowley who served in various posts, at various ranks, with the Confederate Corps of Army Engineers. On the eve of war, Rowley was a talented young Arkansas engineer who gravitated to the Corps of Engineers and was eventually promoted to Lt. Colonel, serving first with the Army of Tennessee and later in New Mexico and Arizona. At the war’s end he returned to Arkansas, served in the state legislature, while residing on a Mississippi River Plantation, where he died in 1899. This correspondence contains a trove of information concerning Army of Tennessee and Trans. Miss. Engineering activity, while mentioning numerous officers of prominence.

Text:

“Capt. R.P. Rowley—

Return to Ringgold with Pharr & Newcombes Co.[mpanies] and complete bridges, as soon as possible/ Respy/ S.W. Presstman/ Capt & Ch Engr A.T.”

Stephen William Presstman was a 31 year old Alexandria, VA. Resident and civil engineer who enlisted in June 1861 as Captain in the 17th VA Infantry. Transferring to the Corps of Engineers, he was promoted eventually to Lt. Colonel and Chief Engineer of the Army of Tennessee. He was accidently killed in a railway accident at Danville, VA., 1/31/1864.

This note was written a day after the bloody battle of Chickamauga in northern Georgia. Solid Corps of Engineer collectible.

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