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Lot 656

2 Post Civil War TN KKK Related Letters

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

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Two (2) Tennessee Ku Klux Klan related handwritten letters. 1st item: One double-sided page handwritten letter from the KKK written with the intention of threatening another unidentified individual about their activities during and after the Civil War, undated, circa 1866-71. The letter writer states " Robed[sic] Mr. Marsh of his cotton by Reporting falsy[sic] to the yankeys[sic] and your crowd...Rob Mr McCrary out of four or five hundred dollars...and we understand that you and Billey McClure are watching every chance to trades for old clames[sic] to bring up against...the people of this country...And we want you to under s[t]and that you have escaped long [enough] had beter[sic] look out for we have stood it as long as we are going to" signed "K.K.K." with the image of a coffin beside it. 2nd item: One-page handwritten letter from the KKK written with the intention of threatening Mr. A. Cot, Pulaski, TN, undated, circa 1866-71. The letter writer warns "...Poor Cots A Cocks without a Hole, and the Delegation from the city of [Pulaski] you had better go Home and tend to you[r] Busine[s]s you poor set of Rascals and let the Peace alone or the Militia will [wallop] you ..." illegible signature below. Includes an envelope with a red three-cent George Washington stamp. Note: The first Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, on December 24, 1865.

Property of the Lincoln County Museum, Fayetteville, TN; Bequest of Mary Bright Wilson (1909-2004), formerly of Fayetteville, and descended in her family.


Both items in overall good, legible condition with toning/acid burn, tears, areas of loss, foxing spots, dampstaining, to be expected from age and manner of use.