A Farewell (April 19, 1865)

Meade (sitting at left) and Lyman (standing in the rear at right) at Cold Harbor (Library of Congress).

Meade (sitting at left) and Lyman (standing in the rear at right) at Cold Harbor (Library of Congress).

Headquarters Army of Potomac
April 19, 1865

Lt.-Col. Theo. Lyman, A. D. C.

Colonel:—In parting with you after an association of over twenty months, during which time you have served on my Staff, I feel it due to you to express my high sense of the assistance I have received from you, and to bear testimony to the zeal, energy, and gallantry you have displayed in the discharge of your duties. Be assured I shall ever preserve the liveliest reminiscences of our intercourse, and wherever our separate fortunes may take us, I shall ever have a deep interest in your welfare and happiness, which, by the blessing of God, I trust may be long continued.

Most Truly Your Friend
Geo. G. Meade
Maj.-Genl. U.S.A.

Meade’s letter to Theodore Lyman is from Meade’s Headquarters, 1863-1865: Letters of Colonel Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattox, p. 362. Edited by George R. Agassiz. Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1922. Available via Google Books.

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