Throughout the broad extent of the country through which you have marched,
by your respect for the rights and property of others, you have always
shown you are soldiers -- not only to defend, but able and willin'
both to defend and protect. You've already won the brilliant reputation
throughout the army of the whole confederacy.
And I trust in the future by your
deeds in the field, and by the assistance of the same, kind Providence who
has hitherto favored our cause you will win more victories and add luster
to the reputation you now enjoy. You already gained a proud position in
the future history of this, our Second War of Independence.
I shall look with anxiety to your
future movements. And I trust whenever I shall hear of the 1st Brigade on
the field of battle, it will be of still nobler deeds achieved and higher
In the Army of the Shenandoah you
In the Army of the Potomac you were the
In the 2nd Corps of this Army you are
the 1st Brigade!
You ARE the FIRST BRIGADE in the
affections of your General.
And I hope by your future deeds and
bearing, you will be handed
down to posterity as the 1st Brigade, in this,
our Second War of