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    Abraham Lincoln Printed Address to the Army of the Potomac Following the Battle of Fredericksburg. One page, 4.25" x 7". Washington. December 22, 1862. A poignant address to the army following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. In part: "I have just read your Commanding General's preliminary report of the battle of Fredericksburg. Although you were not successful, the attempt was not an error, nor the failure other than an accident. The courage with which you, in an open field, maintained the contest against an entrenched foe, and the consummate skill and success with which you crossed and re-crossed the river, in face of the enemy, show that you possess all the qualities of a great army... Condoling with the mourners for the dead, and sympathizing with the severely wounded, I congratulate you that the number of both is comparatively so small. I tender to you, officers and soldiers, the thanks of the nation." Signed in type. The Union Army suffered more than 12,000 casualties (about 10% of their troops) despite greatly outnumbering the Confederate forces.

    Condition: Age toning, with a few small chips and light creasing.


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