Article from the February 26th, 1863 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, page 4, column 4.


From the 21st Regiment.

Resignation of Col. Stevens - Action of the Regiment Thereupon - Agreeable Proceedings.

Correspondence of the Advertiser and Tribune.
Camp on Stone River, Tenn..
February 17th, 1863

Yesterday Col. Stevens came up to the regiment to bid us good bye, and met with a cordial reception from both officers and men, with whom he is most deservedly popular. The following parting words of Col. Stevens were read on dress parade:

Headquarters, 21st Regiment, Mich. Infantry
Camp Near Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
February 15th, 1863

Officers and Soldiers of the 21st Mich. Infantry:

It becomes my unpleasant duty to resign my command of this regiment. Owing to the constant and arduous service to which, for the past twenty-two months, I have been subjected my health has failed to such an extent that I find I am no longer able to endure the hardships of the field.

There is no one who regrets this separation more than myself, but with me the demand, is imperative, and I must submit.

My connection with this regiment has been one of the happiest periods of my life. I have always been proud to say I belonged to the Twenty-First. There are few, if any, better regiments in the field or service, while your reputation for drill, discipline and good conduct under fire, is well known and history will accord it credit on its brightest pages. The tattered folds of your flag-its shattered staff and the wounds of its gallant bearer, attest how nobly you met your country's foe. Although many of our companions have fallen, fighting bravely in the field, and many by the long and terrible marches we have endured, and our regiment is decimated to a small number, it only adds more glory to the "Spartan Band" that are left standing shoulder to shoulder, for the maintenance of our glorious Union, and to avenge our brave comrades, who have died like heroes but are not forgotten by us or their country. Let the mottoes "Chaplin's Hills" and "Stones River" be emblazoned on your colors, and let them never be defiled by the touch of traitorous hands, A bleeding country bids you put forth, all your energies; that dear old flag, disgraced at Sumpter, bids you rally and press forward beneath its cheering folds, until this terrible rebellion is put down, and peace again restored to this once happy land.

You have already proved your valor at Chaplin Hills and Stone River, while the heroes of Michigan rank foremost among those who have gone forth in the defense of their country. The bloody fields of Shiloh, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hills, Antietam, and Fredricksburg will testify; be not, then disheartened, but in the words of the immortal Warren, let your motto be, "Where duty calls you there they will find you." While thus separating myself from you, I feel proud assurance in saying that I leave you in the hands of those who have been "tried and found not wanting," and I trust you may yet be led to brighter deeds of fame.

Hoping you may all be preserved to again enjoy your homes, amid peace and prosperity I bid you farewell.

  A. A. STEVENS,
Col. 21st Mich. Infantry.
 
   

After parade, a meeting of the officers was called, by Col. McCreery, and the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, Ambrose A. Stevens, Colonel of the 21st Michigan, has been compelled, on account of the precarious condition of his health, to resign his commission, we, the commissioned officers of the 21st Michigan Infantry, respectfully tender to him and to the public, the following resolutions, in expression of our regard for him as an officer and a man, and our regret that the state of his health should compel him to retire from the service.

Resolved, That in his military career Col. Stevens has displayed all those qualities which mark the good soldier and efficient officer. Among the first to sunder the strong and enduring ties of home, he rushed into the foremost ranks of his country's defenders, actuated by the loftiest patriotism and the noblest ambition. Faithful and efficient in the discharge of all duties consigned to him, quick to comprehend and swift to execute the most dangerous movements; cool, collected and brave to daring, in the hour of imminent danger on the field of battle; in camp, the rigid, energetic and uncompromising disciplinarian and able administrator, no detail of soldierly duty, however insignificant, escaped his attention and watchful eye.

 

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