Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued his Farewell Address, also known as General Order No. 9 to his Army of Northern Virginia on April 10, 1865, the day after he surrendered the army to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee's surrender was instrumental in bringing about the end of the American Civil War.

Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, 10th April 1865.

General Order
No. 9

After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them.
But feeling that valour and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.
By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection.
With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

— R. E. Lee, General, General Order No. 9


Luster said...


What a fine looking film and news to me. Another gem to seek out, Someone asked me the other day if I had any hobbies. Only learning, I told her.

stay close,

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...


Great answer! Nothing like an answer that resonates away from one self and actually toward and with another.

To the film — some have criticized the film as being, hold onto your hat — anti-social because of his homage and ease to the natural world.

One would hope, one day, please, soon, people will come to realize that a love for the natural world — where most everything first germinates — is actually about preserving the world and its people.

I'll let you get back to our hobby
all's well, Bob

Luster said...

Reminds me of Solnit's essay, The Problem of Thoreau…


Luster said...

faulty memory. Should be "The Thoreau Problem."


Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

He's always been, bless his heart.