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(CIVIL WAR--NEW YORK.) James B. Hazelton. Captain's farewell order to the men of a New York artillery battery at war's end. 2 manuscript pages, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches; folds, moderate wear, 5 short tape repairs. "Headquarters," 28 May 1865
You may have read the poignant farewell orders of General Grant or Lee to their troops at the conclusion of the war. Here is a much more obscure farewell order, issued by the commander of Battery D of the 1st New York Artillery, James B. Hazelton. It is numbered as Company Order No. 19, but is manuscript rather than printed. Were these hand-copied for each battery member by the adjutant, or was this a transcript made shortly after the war? In either case, we find no other example, in manuscript or print.
"By your conduct upon many hard-fought fields, you have won for yourselves a reputation which will live in history. You will ever receive from our people constant esteem and gratitude. . . . As happiness attends each one of you in life, do not forget to at times devote a few moments and water afresh with sacred tears the memory of those who have so nobly fallen from your midst."
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