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Armstrong, George A. (fl. 1865)

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09160 Author/Creator: Armstrong, George A. (fl. 1865) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 9 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "Copy of Order / Head Qrs 3d Cavalry Division / Appomattox Court House April 9-1865 / Soldiers of the 3d Cavalry Division / With profound gratitude towards the god of battles by whose blessings our enemies have been humbled and our armis rendered triumphant Your commanding Genral...express[es] to you his admiration of the heroic manner in which you have passed through the Series of battles which to day resulted in the surrender of the enemys entire army - the record established by your indomitable courage is unparralelled in the annals of war. your prowess has won for you the respect and admiration of your enemies during the past six months although in most instances confronted by superior numbers you have Captured from the enemy in open battle (111) one hundred and Eleven pieces of field artillery (65) Sixty five Battle flags and upward of (10,000) Ten thousand prisoners of war including seven Genral officers - within the past then days and included within the above you have captured forty-six pieces of field artillery and thirty seven battle flags - you have never lost a gun nor lost a color - and never have been defeated..."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Appomattox, Army of Northern Virginia, Union Forces, Cavalry, Artillery, Prisoner of War, Confederate States of America, Military History, Battle

Sub Era: The American Civil War