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    Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson: Broadside of General Orders, No. 26. One page, 8" x 9.75" (sight), "Headquarters Second Corps, Army Northern Virginia," April 13, 1863. Jackson issues instructions to his division commanders setting forth guidelines to be followed by his army while on the move. Jackson, well-known as a strict disciplinarian, believed that "As much vigilance is required on the march as in camp."

    Per Jackson's orders, each division was expected to "move precisely at the time indicated in the order of march, and if a Division or Brigade is not ready to move . . . the next will proceed and take its place." Troops on the move were to be permitted "a rest of ten minutes each hour" while the "rate of march is not to exceed one mile in twenty-five minutes." To remain battle ready, resting troops were expected to stack their arms before breaking ranks. If a part of a battery became disabled, "the officer in charge must have it removed immediately from the road, so that no part of the command be impeded in its march." After entering camp, division commanders were required to "have the company rolls called" and "post his pickets so as to secure the safety of his commands."

    With regard to the care of the wounded, Jackson is very clear: "Ample details will be made for taking care of the wounded. Those thus selected will wear the prescribed badge, and no other person belonging to the army will be permitted to take part in this important trust. Any one leaving his appropriate duty, under pretext of taking care of the wounded, will be promptly arrested, and as soon as charges can be made out they will be forwarded."

    Damage along the right edge has been archivally repaired; separation of the upper and lower horizontal folds has also been repaired at the left edge. This piece is matted and framed to an overall size of 13.5" x 15.5".

    Less than three weeks after issuing this broadside, Jackson was engaged in his last battle at Chancellorsville. While returning to camp on May 2, he was accidentally shot by his own pickets. His left arm was amputated, but he died of pneumonia eight days later.

    Research shows that there are several institutional copies of this broadside, including one at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. According to the provenance included with the lot, this particular piece was originally found in the papers of the adjutant of the 5th New York Infantry and may have been kept as a souvenir.


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