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[CIVIL WAR]. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. Printed broadside:"A Message from the Army of the Valley of Virginia...Camp of Smith's Brigade, Feb. 10, 1865." [Richmond, 1865]. 1 page, small 4to, light browning, bottom right corner excised, framed with print of Confederate soldiers in combat, unexamined out of frame. Parrish & Willingham: 1599.

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[CIVIL WAR]. CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. Printed broadside:"A Message from the Army of the Valley of Virginia...Camp of Smith's Brigade, Feb. 10, 1865." [Richmond, 1865]. 1 page, small 4to, light browning, bottom right corner excised, framed with print of Confederate soldiers in combat, unexamined out of frame. Parrish & Willingham: 1599.

A STIRRING STATEMENT OF LAST-DITCH CONFEDERATE DEFIANCE

Two months before the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, the men of Colonel Thomas Smith's brigade, Wharton's Division of Lt. General Jubal A. Early's Army of the Valley, issue a defiantly worded statement of their unswerving dedication to the cause, despite the shadow of defeat that was now looming above them. Smith's brigade, comprising the 36th, 45th and 60th Virginia regiments, had played a significant role at the Battle of Cold Harbor and in Early's late-war campaign against Washington, D.C. Here, after suffering severe losses in the Shenandoah Valley battles of the previous fall, the men of the brigade make a clear statement of their unwavering rebel resolve: "Whereas, the arms of the Confederate States, during the recent campaigns, have sustained serious reverses, which have caused an undue despondency in some portions of our country, and created an unpatriotic doubt as to the final result of our struggle, and induced some to entertain the treasonable thought of making terms...we...do resolve...I. That...after four years of terrible war with the savage foe who seeks our subjection, we are still firm in our determination to achieve our independence or to perish nobly struggling for it. II. That in the cause of our country is involved all we hold dear; that it has been consecrated by the blood of those heroes who have fallen in its defence...III. That whilst we will hail with joy that peace which brings to us the recognition of our independence...we cast from us with scorn the arrogant and insolent propositions recently made to our Commissioners by Abraham Lincoln...IV. That we send this declaration to our friends...and bid them be of good cheer and 'never despair of the Republic.'"

Less than a month later on March 2, the remnants of Early's Army were attacked by the Union Cavalry of Philip Sheridan at Waynesboro, Virginia. Smith's brigade was decimated in the attack and the Army of the Valley, for practical purposes, ceased to exist.
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