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Civil War Harper's Weekly, March 15, 1862

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MARCH 15, 1862.]





GENERAL McCLELLAN has issued the following Order:

WASHINGTON, March 3, 1862.

The Major-General Commanding, with deep regret, announces to the Army of the Potomac the loss of Brigadier-General Frederick W. Lander, the commander of one of its divisions, who died at Camp Chase, on the Upper Potomac, on the afternoon of the 2d instant, from the effects of a wound received in the affair with the rebels at Edwards' Ferry, on the 22d of October, 1861. The public services of the deceased, then known as Colonel Lander, in connection with the overland route to the Pacific, had made his name familiar to the American people.

At the commencement of this unhappy rebellion he was among the first who volunteered to support with his life the Constitution and laws of his country. From the beginning of the military operations which have restored Western Virginia to the Union, from the original movement upon Philippi, where his qualities as a leader of troops were strikingly displayed to the complete expulsion of the rebels from his department, in which he exhausted his fading energies, his conduct has elicited the admiration of his countrymen. His invaluable services at Rich Mountain were recognized by the Government in his appointment as a Brigadier-General, and his last efforts were rewarded by the official approval and thanks of the President.

Tall of stature, and of great strength and activity, with a countenance expressive of intelligence, courage, and sensibility, General Lander's presence was commanding and attractive. As a military leader, he combined a spirit of the most daring enterprise with clearness of judgment in the adaptation of means to results. As a man, his devotion to his country, his loyalty to affection and friendship, his sympathy with suffering, and his indignation at cruelty and wrong, constituted him a representative of true chivalry. He has died in the flower of his manly prime, and in the full bloom of his heroic virtues; but history will preserve the record of his life and character, and romance will delight in portraying a figure so striking, a nature so noble, and a career so gallant. While paying this public tribute of respect, the General Commanding feels most deeply that, in the death of this brave and distinguished soldier, he has personally lost one of the truest and dearest of friends, The late BRIGADIER-GENERAL FREDERICK W. LANDER, above referred to, served, in 1859, as Mr. Potter's second in the duel with Pryor, and when the latter refused to fight with bowie-knives he took up the quarrel for his principal, and offered to fight Pryor with any weapon he chose. The chivalrous Virginian declined the invitation.

In March, 1860, he had an affray with one Magraw, who drew a revolver on hint in the streets (Next Page)


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