Excerpt from Under Five Commanders, or a Boy's Experience With the Army of the Potomac
George B. Mcclellan, the Organizer and First Commander of that grand body of men - the Army of the Potomac. That, as its Com mander, he was the greatest General Of the times, and had he rec... eived the support of the authorities at Washington when he entered upon the Peninsular Campaign, the same as was afterwards given to General Grant when he became Commander, the war would have ended long before 'it did. In the following/pages the author has only brie¿y mentioned 'the names Of Generals Richardson, Sumner and Hancock, three Of the bravest Generals in the Army Of the Potomac. He would have wished to add more to what he has written in reference to those brave and gallant Officers under whom he served, but space forbids. And now after the lapse of years, he cannot forget two of his Officers - the brave Colonel Chapman, or that grand fatherly officer, Colonel, afterwardsgeneral, Zook. Both of these Officers treated the author like a son, and when death claimed them none mourned or revered their memory more than your humble ser vant. To the Sons of Veterans it is hoped that this book may awaken and rekindle their patriotism and love of country, and that should the occasion arise that they, like their fathers, will be willing to rise in defense of the Stars and Stripes, the colors that never yet turned its back to the foe, or ever was trailed in the dust by its enemies. So with the prayer that this book may accomplish all that the writer intended, and with this view in mind, this book is sent forth with the best wishes of the author.
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