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[54] the ‘Lord of Hosts’ as the ‘Giver of victory,’ and expressed an humble dependence upon and trust in Him.

He thus began his dispatch to the President the evening of his great victory at Cold Harbor and Gaines's Mill.

Headquarters, June 27, 1862.
His Excellency, President Davis:
Mr. President: Profoundly grateful to Almighty God for the signal victory granted to us, it is my pleasing task to announce to you the success achieved by this army to-day.’

His beautiful general order of congratulation to the troops on their series of splendid victories during the seven days battles opened with these memorable words:

General order no. 75.

Headquarters in the field, July 7, 1862.
The commanding general, profoundly grateful to the Giver of all victory for the signal success with which He has blessed our arms, tenders his warmest thanks and congratulations to the army, by whose valor such splendid results have been achieved.


His dispatch announcing his great victory at Fredericksburg contains the brief, but significant sentence—‘Thanks be to God.’

The following extracts from an order which he issued to the troops not long after the battle of Fredericksburg show the same spirit:

General order no. 132.

Headquarters, A. N. Va., December 31, 1862.

The general commanding takes this occasion to express to the officers and soldiers of the army his high appreciation of the fortitude, valor and devotion displayed by them, which, under the blessing of Almighty God, have added the victory of Fredericksburg to the long list of their triumphs.


That this great result was achieved with a loss small in point of numbers only augments the admiration with which the commanding general regards the prowess of the troops, and increases his gratitude to Him who hath given us the victory.


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