This "historian's historian" was by day the long-time editor of "The Richmond News Leader" and a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern historian during his free time (!), producing among others the highly-regarded 4-volume "R.E. Lee: A Biography" (1935), "The South to Posterity: An Introduction to the Writing of Confederate History" (1939), 3-volume "Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command" (1942-44) and 6-volume "George Washington" (1948-54). Item #40970
TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Richmond, VA, 15 December 1934. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. On "The Richmond News Leader" letterhead, Freeman simply notes "I have pleasure in attaching my 'book' autograph, as requested...." (Word "book" inserted in ink.) He signs with his usual miniscule cursive "D.S. Freeman" in black ink -- then near the blank lower portion of this sheet he signs a second time, using the extremely different and quite vertical printed "Douglas Southall Freeman" signature he reserved for signing books -- which also clarifies the confusion experienced by those accustomed to only seeing this upright full signature when encountering the more "normal" rightward-slanting cursive with which Freeman signed his name to letters and anything other than his own books! This most unusual letter is accompanied by an outstanding, high quality (NOT mass-produced) black-and-white 8" X 10" photograph of Freeman -- a formal studio portrait of Freeman in suit and tie in profile, facing right, his chin resting on his right hand with index finger extended onto cheek. A superb and quite scarce pair. Freeman letters are rarely encountered, and this double-signed example is especially interesting.