1876 INTERNAL REVENUE TAX FORM SIGNED BY CS GEN. LAFAYETTE MCLAWS

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7 ¾” x 7” document signed; imprinted United States Internal Revenue tax form printed on pink paper with vignettes. 1876 Dealer in Manufactured Tobacco. Signed in ink, “L. McLaws”, as Collector 1 Dist., State of Ga. The remainder of the document was never filled out. There are 7 small punch hole cancellations which do not affect the signature in any way. Minor edge staining. Overall very fine condition.

Born at Augusta, GA, McLaws was a nephew of President Zachary Taylor by marriage. He graduated from West Point in 1842 along with his future corps commander, James Longstreet. He fought in the Mexican War and resigned his US Army commission on march 23, 1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War he helped organize the 10th Georgia Infantry, and was appointed their colonel. He was then promoted to brigadier general on 9/25/61 and major general on 5/23/62. He fought in the Peninsula Campaign, at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Knoxville. McLaws was commanding troops under Gen. J.E. Johnston when the latter surrendered near Durham Station, NC on 4/26/65. After the war, he settled in Savannah, GA and served with the US Internal Revenue Service and as Postmaster of Savannah. He was also very action in Confederate veterans’ organizations for many years.  [ld]

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