John S. Mosby Autograph Speech

27 Feb

Fully handwritten transcript of his farewell speech given on April 21, 1865, signed “Jno. S. Mosby,” one page, 7.75 x 11.75, penned in 1905 as a souvenir, when he was serving as an assistant attorney in the Department of Justice. Mosby writes, in full: “Soldiers—I have summoned you together for the last time. The vision we cherished of a free and independent country has vanished, and that country is now the spoil of a conqueror. I disband your organization in preference to surrendering to our enemies. I am no longer your commander. After an association of more than two eventful years, I part from you with a just pride in the fame of your achievements and grateful recollections of your generous kindness to myself. And now, at this moment of bidding you a final adieu, accept the assurance of my unchanging confidence & regard. Farewell!” A block of toning and a few staple holes to the upper left and light creases to corners, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original Department of Justice mailing envelope addressed in Mosby’s hand.



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