Experiencing History: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment: 4/13

93The Union army will soon depart while Lee and his men will begin their trek home. It is fitting to share Lee’s Farewell Address with you now, although, it was written on the 10th.

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, General, General Order No. 9

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5 thoughts on “Experiencing History: Reliving the End of the Civil War, Moment by Moment: 4/13”

    1. His men really loved him too. Not every general was as fortunate. I follow the 17th Regiment of Tennessee Infantry in my, series and they spend a large amount of time serving under Bragg. He was NOT so well loved by his men.
      Thanks for sharing!


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