A fine original Civil War Imprint, issued at "HQ 3d Brigade Before Richmond" March 25, 1865- Colonel HM Plaisted's address to his brigade, incl the 11th Maine, 10th Connecticut t, 24th Massachusetts, 100th New York, and the 206th Pennsylvania , praising their fidelity in the Richmond Campaign, cites their steadfastness, patriotism, courage, their losses in 59 days of battle, including !, names Walthall Junction, Drury's Bluff, Bermuda 100, Deep Bottom, Newmarket Road, etc, etc. A scarce Richmond Siege field imprint, the reverse w ink notation, ids it to HQ "3d Brigade, 1st Div, 24th Army Corps, Before Richmond", March 25, 1865. 1p 9 x 5" ptd/ink. Vg.
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 ¼" 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.
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