Excerpt from Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and the Ninth Army Corps: A Narrative of Campaigns in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, During the War for the Preservation of the Republic
OR the volume which is here given to the pub... lic, no more is claimed than that which appears upon the title page. It is a simple narrative - in the four distinct parts into which the subject naturally divided itself - of the actions and events in which the soldiers of the Ninth Army Corps and their principal commander participated, No corps in the army, with the exception of those which made the grand march from Atlanta to the coast and up through the Carolinas, has per formed more arduous service, or marched or fought over a wider territory than the Ninth. The soldiers used to speak of themselves as composing the first class in geography. It can hardly be expected that, in traversing so extensive a field, I have succeeded in avoiding all mistakes. One or two errors have already been detected, but unfortunately not till after the sheets had been printed, when it was impossible to rec tify them. In general, however, I think it will be found that the story is as truthfully told as it could well have been by one, who was not an eye witness of the scenes which he describes. I shall be very grateful to any person who will point out to me any errors into which I have unwittingly fallen. My design has Simply been to tell a plain, unvarnished tale. I have sought to extenuate nothing, and I am sure that I have set down nothing in malice. I have sought to narrate actual occurrences, rather than to ex press opinions. If, in some instances, the statements which here appear are somewhat different from those which others have made, all that I wish to insist upon is, that they are the statements of facts, and not of prejudice or fancy.
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