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The Commonwealth of Virginia

To Walter H. Taylor. Greeting:

            Know you, That from special trust and confidence reposed in your fidelity, courage and good conduct, our GOVERNOR, in pursuance of the authority vested in him by the Convention of the State of Virginia, doth commission you a

First Lieutenant

in the Provisional Army of the State of Virginia, to rank as such from the first day of May 1861

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name as

Governor, and caused the Seal of the Commonwealth

be affixed, this 3rd day of May 1861

John Letcher


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.255

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 11