Tuesday, December 17, 2013

General Robert E. Lee's General Orders, No. 61

GENERAL ORDERS, No. 61.

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
May 11, 1863.

With deep grief the commanding general announces to the army the death of Lieut. Gen. T. J. Jackson, who expired on the 10th instant, at 3.15 p.m. The daring, skill, and energy of this great and good soldier, by the decree of an all-wise Providence, are now lost to us. But while we mourn his death, we feel that his spirit still lives, and will inspire the whole army with his indomitable courage and unshaken confidence in God as our hope and our strength. Let his name be a watchword to his corps, who have followed him to victory on so many fields. Let officers and soldiers emulate his invincible determination to do everything in the defense of our beloved country.

 R. E. LEE,
General.

SOURCES: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I, Volume 25, Part 2 (Serial No. 40), p. 793; John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 242

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