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    Jefferson Davis Chickamauga Broadside. One page, 9.25" x 12.5", in two columns, Headquarters of the Army of Tennessee, October 14, 1863. By mid-September, 1863, the Federal Army of the Cumberland had been steadily marching in a southerly direction in their invasion of Tennessee in an effort to capture the town of Chattanooga. But their offensive came to a swift and decisive end when they met Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his Army of the Tennessee in northwest Georgia near the West Chickamauga Creek. The resulting battle ended with the Union Army retreating back to Chattanooga which they had captured four weeks earlier.

    One month after the battle, Confederate President Jefferson Davis issued this proclamation congratulating his troops for their action in the field and boosting their resolve by reiterating the secessionist rhetoric against the Yankee invasion. It reads, in part: "SOLDIERS: A grateful country has recognized your arduous service, and rejoiced over your glorious victory on the field of Chickamauga. When your countrymen shall more fully learn the adverse circumstances under which you attacked the enemy - though they cannot be more thankful - they may admire more the gallantry and patriotic devotion which secured your success...Before you is a country devastated by your ruthless invader, where gentle woman, feeble age and helpless infancy have been subjected to outrages without parallel in the warfare of civilized nations. With eager eyes they watch for your coming to their deliverance, and the homeless refugee pines for the hour when your victorious arms shall restore his family to the shelter from which they have been driven. Forced to take up arms to vindicate the political rights, the freedom, equality and State sovereignty which were the heritage purchased by the blood of your Revolutionary sires, you have but the alternative of slavish submission to despotic usurpation, or the independence which vigorous, united, persistent effort will secure...I pray that our Heavenly Father may cover you with the shield of His protection in the hours of battle, and endow you with the virtues which will close your trials in victory complete."

    Smoothed folds with light to moderate foxing; slight separation of the folds at the edges. Several very small holes, but not affecting the text.


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