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    [Pierre G. T. Beauregard]. Civil War-dated Fair Copy of General Beauregard's Farewell Address. Two pages, 8" x 10", "Hd Qrt 1st Corps A of P," n.d. Smoothed folds. After being promoted to general in the summer of 1861, Beauregard, commanding from Virginia, had a bitter disagreement with the Confederate military's upper command, including President Jefferson Davis. He requested to transfer west with the Army of Mississippi in Tennessee and be put under the command of General Albert Sidney Johnston. Beauregard received orders to make that transfer in the final days of January, then he gave the emotional address copied here. He left for Tennessee on February 2, 1862, and was met by crowds cheering for him along the way.

    The address reads in part:
    "Soldiers of the 1st Corps Army of the Potomac: My duty calls me away, and to a temporary separation from you: I hope however to be with you again, to share your labors and your perils; and in defence of our homes and our rights, to lead you to new battles to be crowned with signal victories! . . . I cannot quit you without deep emotion, without even deep anxiety in the moment of our Country's trials and dangers, above all I am anxious that my Countrymen here in arms fronting the haughty array and muster of northern mercenaries, should thoroughly appreciate the exigency and hence comprehend that this is not time for men . . . to stack their arms and quit."

    The manuscript has smoothed folds and is accompanied by the original transmittal letter from Confederate soldier "A. A. Floweree[?]" to a colonel explaining, "I send you Genl Beauregard's farewell address. . . . The Regiment is in fine discipline has nice huts and better links & Music than any other Regiment around here." (One page in ink. 7.75" x 10", "Near Centreville," February 3, 1862.)


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