Civil War Letter by Confederate Commissioner Ambrose Dudley Mann

Civil War Letter by Confederate Commissioner Ambrose Dudley Mann

Autograph Letter Signed by Ambrose Dudley Mann, who served as a Confederate Commissions representing Jefferson Davis’ interest to potential European allies. Dated Paris, January 5, 1849, he writes to Colonel Peter G. Washington, the great-great grandson of President George Washington’s Great Uncle, to introduce a young German lawyer for a position. Ambrose Dudley Mann (April 26, 1801 – November 15, 1889) was the first United States Assistant Secretary of State and a commissioner for the Confederate States.

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  • Autograph Letter Signed by Ambrose Dudley Mann, who served as a Confederate Commissions representing Jefferson Davis’ interest to potential European allies. Dated Paris, January 5, 1849, he writes to Colonel Peter G. Washington, the great-great grandson of President George Washington’s Great Uncle, to introduce a young German lawyer for a position. Ambrose Dudley Mann (April 26, 1801 – November 15, 1889) was the first United States Assistant Secretary of State and a commissioner for the Confederate States.
    During the Civil War, he sided with the Confederacy and devoted himself especially to the development of the material interests of the southern states. Mann was born on April 26, 1801 in Hanover Courthouse, Virginia. He studied at the United States Military Academy, but left before he graduated. He later became American consul to Bremen in 1842 and was appointed to negotiate commercial treaties with Hanover, Oldenburg, and Mecklenburg in 1845 as well as all of the German states except Prussia in 1847. In 1849 he became commissioner to Hungary and in 1850 became U.S. Minister to Switzerland where he negotiated a reciprocity treaty.
    He came back to the United States afterwards and was appointed the first ever United States Assistant Secretary of State in 1853 which he served as until 1855. On March 16, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Secretary of State Robert Toombs appointed Mann, William Lowndes Yancey and Pierre Adolphe Rost the first Confederate commissioners to Europe. The three sailed on March 31, 1861. Mann eventually received the title Commissioner of the Confederate States of America for Belgium and the Vatican. Yancey and Rost were later replaced by John Slidell and James Murray Mason.
    Mann spent the latter part of his life living in France where he had an apartment in Paris and a country house in Chantilly. He wrote his memoirs which were available to read by 1888. Mann died in France in 1889, the exact date of his death (Nov. 15, 1889) being announced in the Nov. 16, 1889 issue of the French newspaper Journal des Debats. After a delay of about 6 weeks, Mann was finally interred on Jan. 2, 1890 in the Cimetiere du Montparnasse in Paris. Overall dimensions are approximately 7″ x 9″ | Very Good Condition.
  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    9"

    Width

    7"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    9"

    Width

    7"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    George Parsons Lathrop

    Date

    19th Century

    Kind

    Books, Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts, Collectibles, Documents & Manuscripts, Ephemera, Memorabilia, Militaria

    Origin

    American

    Other

    Documents, First Edition, Signed

    Subject

    American Civil War, Autographs, Battle Scene, Document, Historical, Military, War

    Title

    Letter by Confederate Commissioner Ambrose Dudley Mann