Sumter, S.C. 1864. 5-3/4" x 7-3/4", completely in ink manuscript.  pp. Old folds, light toning and minor ink ghosting. Overall, Very Good.
The letter has been endorsed on the verso by Singletary, Charleston 4 Dec. 1864, affirming that "the Boy Bob" is "the property of Mr. Nettles. At the earliest I will ask Dr. Wragg for a duplicate certificate. The boy is recorded on our books as having died. R.L. Singletary, Genl. Sup. Labor."
Major William Francis Baker Haynsworth [1824-1905] was described in his obituary as "Sumter's most honored citizen" and one of the "ablest and most erudite lawyers in the state." In addition to his work as a lawyer, Haynsworth was a magistrate, Commissioner of Equity for Sumter County for many years, County Treasurer, and president of the Bank of Sumter upon its organization in 1888.
Major Haynsworth's brother, John R. Haynsworth [1832-1861], was the great-grandfather of Federal Appeals Judge Clement Haynsworth [1912-1989], whose nomination to the Supreme Court was torpedoed by Senate Democrats.
William Nettles [1807-1885] of Sumter was listed as a farmer with 25 slaves in the 1860 census and a privateer in the 1870 census. R.L. Singletary was the President of the Charleston and Savannah Rail Road, Captain of Co. H, Jeffries' Creek Company Volunteers, 8th South Carolina Infantry, C.S.A., and General Superintendent of Negro Labor in 1863 and 1864. Dr. William Wragg was a Charleston physician for many years.
[Obituary of Wm. F.B. Haynsworth in The Watchman and Southron, 22 Mar 1905, page 5.]. Item #39400