Richmond, VA: War Department, 1862. First Edition. 5 X 7 7/8 Inches. Very Good. Item #3971
Siege of Vicksburg. BOMBARDMENT OF CITIES INEFFECTIVE. RARE CONFEDERATE PRINTED VICKSBURG DEFENSE COMMENDATION. The attack being commended was the successful hold on Vicksburg in the midst of 1862, when Admiral Farragut assembled his fleet and attempted a seige of the city in February and then again in June.
"War Department / Adjutant And Inspector General's Office, / Richmond, July 22, 1862. / GENERAL ORDERS, / No. 51 / The successful Defence of Vicksburg Against the Mortar Fleet of the Enemy, By Major General Van Dorn, And the Officers and Men Under His Command, entitles them to the gratitude of the country, the thanks of the government, and the admiration of the army. By their gallantry and good conduct, they have not only saved the city entrusted to them, but they have shown that bombardments of cities, if bravely resisted, achieve nothing for the enemy, and only serve to unveil his malice and the hypocriscy of his pretended with to restore the Union. THE WORLD NOW SEES THAT HIS MISSION IS ON OF DESTRUCTION - NOT RESTORATION.
Lieutenant Brown, and the officers and crew of the Confederate Steamer Arkansas, by their heroic attack upon the Federal fleet before Vicksburg, equaled the highest recorded examples of courage and skill. They prove that the navy, when it regains its proper element, will be one of the chief bulwarks of national defence, and that it is entitle to a high place in the confidence and affection of the country. / By command of the Secretary of War / S. Cooper / Adjutant and Inspector General."
Very light foxing. A very handsome copy of this extremely rare Confederate Imprint.