Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889), Manuscript letter signed, dated Richmond, Sept. 29th, 1862, one page, as President of the Confederacy, to Colonel J.R. Davis, requesting that Davis go to Petersburg to inspect the state of the army and militia there and then to travel to the training facility near Raleigh, (North Carolina), framed with portrait, 9 3/4 by 7 3/4 in. (some discoloration to center, minor fading, taped to mat on two edges). Text in full: "Executive Office/Richmond Sept. 29, 1862/Colonel J.R. Davis A.D.C. Richmond/Colonel, You will proceed to Petersburg Va. and confer with General French respecting the general condition of his command, and especially as to the numbers, organization and efficiency of the Partisan troops serving, or being proposed for service in that District; also as to the number, position and movements of the enemy in the country on the south side of the James River, and Eastern coast of No.Ca. Should it be requisite, you will visit the camp of the Partisans, and the camp of instruction near to Raleigh, but it is desired that you should return by or before Thursday next. Very Resply Yours Jefferson Davis".