Pettus, Edmund W.


Alabama Confederate general & US Senator, “Bloody Sunday” Selma bridge named for him


Autograph ID: 2828
Condition: Very good, slight minor ink splattering at “W”, one slight fold split carefully repaired verso
Description: “(1821-1907) Alabama lawyer, CSA general in the Civil War, captured three times, US Senator after the war. Alabama delegate to 1861 secession convention in Mississippi. Helped organize 20th Alabama Infantry, became its lieutenant colonel Served in Western Theater, captured Dec. 29, 1862 during Stones River Campaign, exchanged short time later, captured again May 1, 1863 as part of surrendered garrison defending Port Gibson, Mississippi. Escaped, promoted to colonel May 28, given command of the 20th Alabama. During 1863 Vicksburg Campaign, defended CSA control of the Mississippi River. When garrison surrendered July 4, Pettus again captured, prisoner until exchanged Sept. 12. Six days later promoted to brigadier general, and on Nov. 3 given brigade command in Army of Tennessee. Participated in Chattanooga Campaign, fought on extreme southern slope of Missionary Ridge. Took part in 1864 Atlanta Campaign, in battles of Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, & Jonesborough. From Dec. 17, temporarily led division in Army of Tennessee. During 1865 Carolinas Campaign, defended Columbia, So. Carolina, fought in Battle of Bentonville and wounded. Paroled May 2, later pardoned, Selma lawyer, US Senator 1897-1907.

Printed 3 ¾ x 8 DS, Selma, Ala., no date (post-War), receipt for one copy of the “Atlas of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefields” from the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park Commission.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma became a civil rights landmark when on March 7, 1965, a band of civil rights marchers on their way to Montgomery crossed the bridge, only to be attacked by state troopers on the other side. This event has since been called “Bloody Sunday”.”

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