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    Robert E. Lee General Orders Broadside. Rare Confederate imprint, GENERAL ORDERS NO.2, one page, 8.75" x 12.25", Petersburg, Virginia, February 11, 1865. Signed in print by Robert E. Lee, this message reads in part: "In entering upon the campaign about to open, the General-in-Chief feels assured that the soldiers who have so long and so nobly borne the hardships and dangers of the war, require no exhortation to respond to the calls of honor and duty...They cannot barter manhood for peace, nor the right of self-government for life and property. But justice to them requires a sterner admonition to those who have abandoned their comrades in the hour of peril. A last opportunity is offered to them to wipe out the disgrace and escape the punishment of their crimes...". Old sheer fabric backing, smooth folds, minor splits and fading. Lee's surrender to Grant was only two months in the future when he had this amnesty offer posted. Desertion was seriously thinning Confederate ranks as the the siege of Petersburg went on and on. Some men lost enthusiasm for a doomed cause while others were anxious for the welfare of loved ones in harm's way. Regardless of its wear and aging, this is an imposing Army of Northern Virginia broadside that speaks eloquently of the Confederacy's final days. It would greatly enhance any collection or relic room.

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    December, 2006
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