Chilton's letterbook copy of the merged orders, written by Mason


  The pages of the book are 8 X 14. Orders were written in the book in sequential order, covering a six month period or so. When Chilton left Lee's headquarters before the Gettysburg Campaign he took the book with him back to Richmond.  




Collected by Joseph Ryan from the National Archives

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan Original Works


About the author:
Joe Ryan is a Los Angeles trial lawyer who has traveled the route of the Army of Northern Virginia, from Richmond to Gettysburg several times.

Who wrote the Lost Order?

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Sharpsburg Campaign: Photo Album

Lee's Ruse of War: Special Order 191

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