LINES ON THE BACK OF A CONFEDERATE NOTE
by JONAS, S.A.
(CONFEDERATE LITERATURE-AUTHOR PRESENTATION) JONAS, S.A. LINES ON THE BACK OF A CONFEDERATE NOTE. (Aberdeen, Mississippi?: circa 1900). Printed broadside (13 x 5 1/2 inches). "Written at the Powhatan Hotel, Richmond, Va., a few days after having been parolled as member of the staff of Lieut. Gen. Stephen D. Lee with Johnson's army at High Point, near Greensborough, N.C. and first published, shortly after the war, over the author's signature, in the New York Metropolitan Record, headed 'Something Too Good to be Lost.'" Jonas (1840s-1915) was a major in the Confederate Army who served in campaigns in Mississippi to Northern Virginia, and finally in North Carolina with General Johnson the last confederate general to surrender in 1865. After his paroll following the surrender he wrote this poem on the back of a blank Confederate 500 dollar bill as a gift to a lady. The poem became very popular as was repeatedly reprinted in many forms. This printed broadside was signed by Jonas "with compliments of the Author." After the war he moved back to Aberdeen, Mississippi and opened a newspaper, "Aberdeen Examiner," that he published for more than 50 years. Very good. (Inventory #: 39286)