Excerpt from Kings of the Battle-Field: Comprising a Series of Biographical Sketches of the Most Distinguished Military Leaders, of Europe and America, Who Have Contributed Their Life Services to Establish and Perpetuate the Freedom of Their Fellow-Men and the Sacred Honor of Their Co... untry
The principal Object of this book is to group around the two great nations, Europe and America, those leading warriors who have climbed to immortality in their country's cause, Shared its fortunes, helped to win its victories, and remained constant to the end.
Washington, Napoleon, Grant and Wolseley are names that will live forever in our history; not because they were the subjects of a blind adulation, but because they were soldiers, brave of heart and strong of patriotism, who wore the sword that the freedom of their fellow-men and the sacred honor of their country might still be unimpaired.
To the list that I have selected might be added many brave and worthy heroes from the ranks; but the introduction of every meritorious soldier would make the work too cumbersome for my purpose.
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