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LEE IS APPOINTED GENERAL IN CHIEFScarce printed document, 1p. 8vo., Richmond, Feb. 6, 1865 General Orders No. 3 appointing Robert E. Lee as "General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States". The order reads, in part: "...The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That these shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an officer, who shall be known and designated as 'General in Chief,' who shall be ranking officer of the army, as such, shall have command of the military forces of the Confederate States...General ROBERT E. LEE having been duly appointed General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States, will assume the duties thereof, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly...". The appointment, which came on the same day Jefferson Davis appointed John C. Breckinridge as Secretary of War, proved too late to have any real effect on the outcome of the struggle. Bears a faint "Rebel Archives" stamp at top. Light toning at margins, a few creases, else very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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