Lot #8076
Abraham Lincoln

Circular to the Union's volunteers after their defeat at Fredericksburg: "You possess all the qualities of a great army, which will yet give victory to the cause of the country and of popular government"
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Estimate: $200+

Description

Circular to the Union's volunteers after their defeat at Fredericksburg: "You possess all the qualities of a great army, which will yet give victory to the cause of the country and of popular government"

Printed broadside leaflet offering President Abraham Lincoln's words of encouragement to the Army of the Potomac after their loss at the Battle of Fredericksburg, one page, 4.5 x 7, December 22, 1862. In full: "I have just read your Commanding General’s preliminary report of the battle of Fredericksburg. Although you were not successful, the attempt was not an error, nor the failure other than an accident. The courage with which you, in an open field, maintained the contest against an entrenched foe, and the consummate skill and success with which you crossed and re-crossed the river, in face of the enemy, show that you possess all the qualities of a great army, which will yet give victory to the cause of the country and of popular government. Condoling with the mourners for the dead, and sympathizing with the severely wounded, I congratulate you that the number of both is comparatively so small. I tender to you, officers and soldiers, the thanks of the nation." In very good to fine condition, with overall wrinkling. These leaflets were distributed to the Union's soldiers to remind them of their worthy cause and encourage them to continue to fight.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidents
  • Dates: #603 - Ended February 18, 2021