Author: Robert E. Lee


Special Orders No. 191 by Robert E. Lee (1862)

On September 9, 1862, Robert E. Lee issued Special Orders No. 191. The document detailed how soldiers in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia—in the midst of its first invasion of North—should behave, especially in relation to the people of Frederick, Maryland. Lee’s orders also detailed how Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson should remove about two-thirds of the army south to overtake the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. A stray copy of these orders eventually fell into Union hands.