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Hdqrs. Army of Northern Virginia,

January 1, 1864


General Orders, No. 1

A furlough of thirty days will be grateful to every enlisted man who shall secure to any company of the Army of Northern Virginia an able-bodied recruit, physically qualified to perform the duties of a soldier, of good moral character, who is not a deserter or absent without leave from any other command, who could be received under ordinary circumstances under the regulations of the War Department governing enlistments, who shall enlist unconditionally for the war, and actually be present and ready to report for duty with his command.

By command of General R. E. Lee

W. H. Taylor,

Assistant Adjutant-General




Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 33, p. 1059

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 December 28  

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