Excerpt from The Pictorial History of the Great Civil War: Its Causes, Origin, Conduct and Results; Embracing Full and Authentic Accounts of Its Battles by Land and Sea
It has been my aim to present a continuous narrative covering the entire area of operations, both military ... and naval, and free from those interruptions which in general history are unavoidable. I have endeavored to carry the reader with me over sea and land, wherever the sounds of war were heard, and to present to him in a series of vivid and faithful pictures the events which marked the progress of the great struggle. Of the movements of the hostile forces, and of the commanders under whom at different times and at different places these movements were made, I have expressed my Opinion with great freedom, awarding praise or blame as truth or justice seemed to call for the one or the other. I do not expect that my judgments will find favor from all classes of readers, but I know that they are the judgments of an unbiassed mind, solicitous for the truth and con strained only by the irresistible logic of facts.
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