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    [Robert E. Lee] General Orders No. 3: Appointment of Robert E. Lee to General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. Two pages including integral blank, printed on recto of first page only, 5" x 7.75", Richmond, February 6, 1865. Issued by General Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General of the Confederate Army, this order names General Robert E. Lee to the important position of General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. It reads, in part: "The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That there shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an officer, who shall be known and designated as 'General in Chief,' who shall be ranking officer of the army, and as such, shall have command of the military forces of the Confederate States. . . . General Robert E. Lee having been duly appointed General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States, will assume the duties thereof, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly." Lightly age toned with minor creases, the documents bears an ink "Rebel Archives" stamp at upper center. Fine condition.

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