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Object Name Speech
Catalog Number 2001.020
Date May 7, 1865
Scope & Content Dabney H. Maury Papers: Farewell Address, May 7, 1865

Physical Appearance: May 7, 1865 - Manuscript "Official" copy - Dabney H[erndon] Maury, Major General commanding Army, at Headquarters, Maury's Division, six miles east of Meridian, [Mississippi] to "Soldiers" [this copy sent to Major H. C. Semple, Com[man]d[in]g Battery] - "Farewell Address."
Archival History Donor family history maintains that this manuscript copy of Maury's address belonged to either of two brothers from Independence, Missouri - John or William Kelly - both of whom served in Captain Lowe's Company of the Jackson Light Artillery of the 3rd Missouri Battalion. John Kelly died soon after the war, and William Kelly died in 1882. The Dabney H. Maury Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Dabney Herndon Maury (1822-1900), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The vast majority of the library's holdings are postwar, acquired in the late 20th century as a donation from Maury's direct descendants. This correspondence covers Maury's work with the Southern Historical Society, letters to former President Jefferson Davis and his family, and family concerns. Maury's gregarious nature is apparent in the breadth of the correspondence. Letters to Maury include those from Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Jefferson Davis, Jubal Early, and Joseph E. Johnston. Some of the latest correspondence is from distinguished historians Dr. Douglas S. Freeman and Bruce Catton to Maury family members. Wartime holdings include several copies of Maury's Farewell Address of May 1865 and letter-press book of April-May 1865, later converted to a postwar journal.
People Maury, Dabney Herndon