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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 12.89 (search)
bank of the Rappahannock, before delivering a general battle to our adversaries, the army has given renewed evidence of its confidence in itself and its fidelity to the principles it represents. * * * Profoundly loyal and conscious of its strength, the army of the Potomac will give or decline battle whenever its interests or honor may demand. * * * The events of the last week may swell with pride the heart of every officer and soldier of this army. And then in a letter to Lincoln, dated May 13th, 1863, Hooker says, near its close, Is it asking too much to inquire your opinion of my Order No. 49? If so, do not answer me. Jackson is dead and Lee beats McClellan in his untruthful bulletins. I cannot find that Lincoln ever answered this question. Aye, my comrades, the battle of Chancellorsville is over. When written history shall truly record the struggle which ended thus, every leaf may be dripping with the tears of grief and woe, but not a page will be stained with a stigma of sha