Documents: Lt. John Rutledge Naval orders signed by Captain Sidney Smith Lee, CS Navy Department, Richmond, Virginia, dated 17 June 1864, appointing Rutledge a member of a Naval General Court Martial to convene in Charleston, South Carolina on 28 June 1864, endorsed by Lee and John R. Tucker; letter signed by Captain Sidney Smith Lee, CS Navy Department, Richmond, Virginia, dated 2 August 1864 requesting Rutledge to inform the department when he will be ready for duty; copy of letter from Lee to Rutledge, dated 31 August 1864, informing him that he is relieved from court martial duty because of his health, with and explanation from Henry Myers, dated 8 September, about the delay in forwarding. Myers also mentions the ongoing Federal shelling of Charleston.
L9" W7" (3pcs)
Provenance: Descended in the Rutledge-Rose Family of Charleston, South Carolina. Archive of Confederate Naval Officer Lieutenant John Rutledge (1820-1894), grandson of John Rutledge Jr. (1739-1800), Governor of South Carolina and United States Supreme Court Justice.
Other Notes: John Rutledge joined the US Navy as a midshipman in 1835 and served throughout the world. He resigned his commission in January 1861, after South Carolina had seceded from the Union in December 1860, to join the navy of his native state. He served in the Confederate Navy until the end of the war.
All with fold creases and slight losses along crease lines. Slight age discolorations and ink bleeding as to be expected with age.