Excerpt from The Town of Wayland in the Civil War of 1861-1865: As Represented in the Army and Navy of the American Union
It should be noticed that the narratives (with two exceptions) are confined to the soldiers who enlisted from Wayland as their residence, and were Officia... lly accredited to fill its required quotas. The two exceptional cases were of men who were natives Of Wayland.
In the movements Of such large bodies of men as occurred in this gigantic war, - often by tens, and sometimes by hun dreds, Of thousands, - the doings Of a single soldier are Often indistinguishable from the mass. His experience is identified with the organization to which he chanced to be attached. Hence it has been found convenient, in tracing a soldier's course (except when on detached service or in extraordinary positions), to make the regiment. To which he belonged the general basis on which his experience rests affording thus a little freer scope for reference to army-movements. But, as historical complete ness forms no part Of the plan Of the book, the reader will look in vain for any comprehensive views Of the great conflict, or for a full description of the campaigns, battles, and move ments touched upon in the narratives.
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