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GENERAL PLAISTED'S FAREWELL ADDRESS A rare manuscript war-date L.S., 3pp. 4to., Union general's farewell address issued by Bvt. Major General HARRIS M. PLAISTED (1828-1898), "Headquarters 3d Brig. 1st Div., 24th Army Corps., Army of the James, Before Richmond, Va., March 25, 1865". Sensing victory in the air General Plaisted addressed "the Officers and Soldiers of the third Brigade" in a stirring speech thanking them for their service. In small part: "...At last soldiers, it becomes my duty to say Farewell! That word may sometimes be spoken and not carry with it the hearts & regret, but not by him who has, for years, shared the pleasant companionship of soldiers. That companionship, with you, I have shared in a campaign which will be celebrated, even in the World's history celebrated for the brave deed and manly virtue of a patriot Army, contending for Government, Freedom and Empire, ye, Soldiers, with you! I will not rehearse your history in that campaign. Suffice it to say, the Record shows, you engaged your country foe, and had, killed and wounded some of your number, on fifty-nine different days! That your losses, in the aggregate, were 1385 out of 2693! And that among the names of the battle fields, adjudged to belong to your Banners, are: 'Richmond Pike,' 'Bermuda Hundred,' Richmond and Petersburg Railroad,' 'Ware Bottom Church,' 'Strawberry Plains,' 'Deep Bottom,' 'Deep Run,' 'Fussell's Mills,' 'Siege of Petersburg,' 'New Market Heights,' 'New Market Road,' 'Darbytown Road,' 'Charles City Road.' Be proud of your record, Veterans; you have a right to be...I heartily congratulate you upon the prospect of early Peace. In the opinion of our greatest General, the 'hard fighting is over' May the day come quickly when you can return to your homes...For your generous confidence and support, Soldiers, you have the grateful thanks of your late Brigade Commander and his best wishes for your future welfare, prosperity and happiness...". The body of the text is penned by his military clerk while it is signed "H.M. Plaisted Colonel 11th Maine Volunteers, and Brevet Brigadier General". A native of Maine, Plaisted was a lawyer and newspaper editor before the war while afterwards he was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1875-77 and Governor of Maine from 1881-1883. Very good.
Estimate $ 300-400

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