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    Meade's address to the Sixth Corps upon the capture of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia

    Period Fair Copy in a Secretarial Hand of General George Meade's April 16, 1865 Address to the Officers and Soldiers of the Sixth Corps. One page, 7.75" x 12.5". At top: "Address of General Meade, April 16th 1865 to Officers and Soldiers presenting battle flags captured by the Sixth Corps."

    In part: "Officers and soldiers of the Sixth Corps, I thank you very much for these numerous proofs of your valor, captured during the recent campaign. I do not wish to make any invidious distinctions between your own and the other Corps of this Army. They performed with valor and courage the part assigned to them. But candor compels me to say, that in my opinion the decisive movement of this campaign which resulted in the capture of the Army of Northern Virginia was the gallant and successful assault of the Sixth Corps on the morning of the 2nd of April. It was with much pleasure I had received a dispatch from your Commander assuring me his confidence in your courage was so great that he felt confident of his ability to break through the enemy's lines. I finally ordered the charge to be made at four o'clock on the morning of the 2nd and it was with still greater satisfaction that a few hours afterwards I had the pleasure of transmitting a dispatch to the General in Chief telling him the confidence of your Commander had been fully borne out... Let us hope that the work upon which we have been engaged for nearly four years is over. that the South will return its allegiance and that our beloved flag will once more float in triumph..."

    Docketed on the verso: "Address of General Meade April 16, 1865 to officers & soldiers / see within."

    Condition: Bits of paper loss at bottom right corner, not affecting any text. Tiny chips along right edge near top. Light soiling along exterior folds on verso.

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    May, 2017
    11th Thursday
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