Confederate General Wise, advised Lee at Appomattox, grants land to a Confederate Colonel 2

Land Grant by Confederate General Henry Wise, who advised General Lee at Appomattox, to CSA Colonel Robert Johnston

This land grant document, signed by then Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise in 1859, conveying land to Confederate Colonel Robert Johnston.

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  • This land grant document, signed by then Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise in 1859, conveying land to Confederate Colonel Robert Johnston.   General Wise was a seasoned politician at the time the Civil War broke out, having served as governor of Virginia. Despite having no military experience, Wise was commissioned a Brigadier General. He is credited with saving the city of Petersburg during the First battle there and is partially credited with urging Lee to surrender at Appomattox Court House.
    Wise signs this 1859 grant of 2,645 acres of land to Colonel Robert Johnson of the 3rd Virginia cavalry. Robert Johnston was a colonel in the Confederate Army, serving in the 3rd Virginia cavalry. Johnston was born in Virginia c. 1826. He completed his doctoral thesis from the University of Maryland’s medical school in 1852 after graduating from West Point in 1850. Johnston then joined the United States military and, from 1851-1856 and 1858-1861, served on frontier duty with the 1st Dragons as a first lieutenant. At the outbreak of war, he resigned from the Northern Army in April 1861 and joined the Virginia 3rd Cavalry as a colonel the following month. The cavalry was part of the Army of Northern Virginia which served under J.E.B. Stuart and Colonel Thomas H. Owen. After Gettysburg, he served under George Pickett.  At the end of the war, Johnston was taken as a prisoner and sought amnesty by signing the loyalty oath “not to take part in hostilities against the Government of the United States.”
    General Henry Alexander Wise (December 3, 1806 – September 12, 1876) was an American lawyer and politician from Virginia. He was a U.S. Representative and Governor of Virginia, and US Minister to Brazil. During the American Civil War, he was a General in the Confederate States Army.
    Documents overall dimensions approximately 16 by 19 inches. Document is in Very good condition.
  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    16"

    Width

    19"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    16"

    Width

    19"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    General Henry A. Wise

    Date

    19th Century

    Kind

    Books, Maps, Documents and Manuscripts

    Origin

    American

    Other

    Documents, Signed

    Subject

    American Civil War, Autographs