Lot 2433Confederacy, 10-Star White Flag with Crossed Bars Lettersheet, flag encircled by blue "Confederate States of America, Aide Toi Dieu Taidera" patriotic design on printed "Head Quarters, Department Northern Virginia, Special Order" lettersheet dated December 22, 1864 orders reading "The following named men will report to Brig. Genl. W. M. Gardner, Comdg. Post, Richmond, Va. for assignment to hospital or other light duty to await action on application for retirement. Pvt. J. B. Brookshire Co. H 2 Mississippi Regt." and signed by W.H. Taylor as A.A. General, Very Fine.
C.S.A. Catalog No. ST-2 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Colonel Walter H. Taylor joined the Confederate Army short after Virginia voters approved secession in April 1861. Walter Taylor was soon assigned to the staff of General Robert E. Lee, shortly after the General was given command of Confederate forces. Taylor became no ordinary staff officer, but effectively the chief aide-de-camp to General Lee throughout the war. Since Lee was noted for his small, over-worked staff, the exceedingly capable and tireless Taylor had many responsibilities. He wrote dispatches and orders for Lee, performed personal reconnaissance, and often carried messages in person to corps and division commanders. Taylor greeted all people who came to see Lee, and usually decided whether they would be announced to the General. When General Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia in June 1862, during the Peninsula Campaign, Taylor became that army's assistant adjutant general. Taylor was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on December 12, 1863. Taylor accompanied General Lee during the surrender at Appomattox Court House.