Circa: 1862
Manufacturer: NA
A stirring original Peninsula Campaign field printed address issued "Head-Quarters Army of the Potomac, Camp near New Bridge, Va June 2, 1862 headed "Soldiers of the Army of the Potomac!"- General George B McClellan- " the final battle is at hand",cites their "hard fights at Williamsburg, West Point, Hanover Court House, Fair Oaks", calls them to crush the enemy & "strike the blow to restore peace and union to this distracted land". 1 p 8 x 5" ptd. Issued like a General Order but not numbered.2 punch holes in left margin, overall Exc. New Bridge is near the Chickahominy River, Richmond. An historic address issued 2 days after the Battles of Fair Oaks & Seven Pines, printed in the field.
General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops.
General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ΒΌ" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.
Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques.

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