"With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country...I bid you an affectionate farewell": Rare Engraved Robert E. Lee Farewell Address Broadside
Robert E. Lee Engraved Farewell Address Broadside.
Lee, Robert E.$2,500.00
Item Number: 96764
Baltimore, Maryland: A. Hoen & Co, 1866.
Rare 1866 engraved broadside of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Farewell Address, also known as General Order No. 9. One page with an engraved headpiece of General Lee flanked by Confederate flags, the address reads, “Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, 10th April 1865. General Order No. 9. After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valour and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection. With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell. R.E. Lee.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 15 inches.
Lee issued his Farewell Address to his Army of Northern Virginia on April 10, 1865, the day after he surrendered the army to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Drafted by Charles Marshall and finalized by Lee, the Address marked the end of the four-year American Civil War, the most studied and written about episode in U.S. history.