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Mexican War period with great association! 23-year-old Lieut. George E. Pickett receives bounty payment from 27-year-old Lieut. James Longstreet ? 15 years later, Longstreet ordered Pickett?s Charge at Gettysburg
Partly Printed Document Signed ?G.E. Pickett / Lt & r Adjt 8th Infy,? 1p, 15? x 12.5?. Headed ?Recruiting Account of Lieut. Geo. E. Pickett of the Eighth Regiment of Infantry / for the month of May 1848 Tacubaya, Mexico Recruiting Station.? Folds, minor flaws, infill in blank area in upper portion of vertical center fold. Very Good condition. Columns headed, in print, completed in manuscript. Names. ?José Perez? Age. Years ?16? - Feet. ?5? - Inches. ?41/2? - Enlisted When. ?2 May 1848? Where. ?Tacubaya Mexico? By Whom.?Lt. G.E. Pickett? For What Period ?5 Yrs? Bounty Paid. ?6? Dolls. Due. ?6? Dolls. Letter of Company first mustered in.?F? Remarks ?Assigned to Co. F 8 Infy May 3 1848.? Related partly printed manuscript on verso ?1847 Decbr 6. For Cash received of Lt. James Longstreet Dollars 109 Cents 50.? This amount includes the $6.00 ?Bounty paid Pvt José Perez for enlisting in U.S. Army.? Graduating 54 of 56 in the West Point Class of 1842, Lieutenant James Longstreet was Adjutant, 8th Infantry, June 8, 1847, to July 1, 1849. Graduating last, 59 of 59 in the West Point Class of 1846, Lieutenant George E. Pickett was brevetted 1st Lieutenant on August 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct and brevetted Captain on September 13, 1847, for Gallant Conduct at Chapultepec, Mexico, and was regimental adjutant of the 8th infantry. Longstreet and Pickett became good friends serving together in the 8th Infantry. At Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee ordered Major General James Longstreet to advance on the Union forces, an order Longstreet transferred to his friend, Major General George E. Pickett. Longstreet and Pickett watched as Union forces fired on their 13,000 Confederate troops headed toward Cemetery Ridge. This became known as Pickett?s Charge. Over 6,500 of Longstreet's men were killed, wounded, or captured.
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