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1916 George Patton Jr. Autograph Letter To His Mother
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Three-page autograph letter (on three sides of a single fold-over sheet) signed by George Patton Jr. (1885-1945), American general. This interesting letter, dated February 22, 1916 and penned on his personal stationery, was written by Patton to his mother while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas (as a member of the 13th Cavalry under General "Black Jack" Pershing). Patton writes in part: "Dear Mama: We had a regimental dinner last night and a lot of people got drunk still it was quite a nice affair...We had a very [illegible word] polo game today and B drove the machine around a little, she did fairly well. The house is all fixed up now...this certainly is a stupid place and there is nothing to do. I have been playing tennis a little lately but am very much out of practice. I left a lot of house pictures around the house if you can find them send them to me. Also a book bound in blue with two books inside are Manuel of Equitation French Army and at the back of it a yellow pamphlet. The whole book is thin and about one foot square with no name on the outside. There are two copies if you can find one please mail it to me. I think they are both in the box with my military books...I hope aunt Nonnie is better give her my love. Love to all. Your devoted son George S. Patton Jr." Following his signature he has added the postscript "P.S. the olives and ham came and are fine. Thank you. G.S.P." Both Patton's signature and the text have been boldly penned in black fountain pen and grade "10." The "B" mentioned by Patton in his letter refers to his wife, Beatrice. Just a few short weeks after the writing of this letter, Patton rode with Pershing (as his aide-de-camp) during the United States Punitive Expedition to Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. It was during that expedition that Patton first rose to national prominence by killing "General" Julio Cardenas, commander of Villa's personal bodyguard. Although Villa was not captured on the expedition, the campaign was famous for the fact that it marked the first time that motor vehicles (Dodge touring cars) were ever used in actual combat by the U.S. Army. On the day Patton killed Cardenas he was in charge of a fifteen-man contingent traveling in three of the Dodge touring cars. What is interesting about this letter is the fact when Patton makes note that "B drove the machine around a little today" it seems obvious that the "machine" refers to one of those Dodge touring cars later used in the expedition. Following the Mexican campaign, Patton joined Pershing overseas during World War I, acting as a tank commander. It was in World War II, however, that he achieved everlasting fame for his brilliant command of the Third Army. He died shortly thereafter due to complications from his injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The letter (6.5 x 7.75 inches, folded) displays a horizontal mailing fold and a small pencil notation (adding of numbers) along the top of the first page. Excellent condition overall. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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