Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman (Volume 1)

 
9780217968546: Memoirs of Gen. W. T. Sherman (Volume 1)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1891. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. Rom Thi Battle Of Bull Bun To Paduoab--Kehtuoxr Amd Iobbouh. 1861-1863. And now that, in these notes, 1 have fairly reached thf ppriod of the civil war, which ravaged our country from 1861 to 1865--an event involving a conflict of passion, of prejudice and of aims, that has developed results which, for better oi worse, have left their mark on the world's history--I feel thai I tread on delicate ground. I have again and again been invited to write a history oi the war, or to record for publication my personal recollections of it, with large offers of money therefor; all of which I have heretofore declined, because the truth is not always palatable, and should not always be told. Many of the actors in the grand drama still live, and they and their friends are quick to controversy, which should be avoided. The great end of peace has been attained, with little or no change in our form of government, and the duty of all good men is to allow the passions of that period to subside, that we may direct our physical and mental labor to repair the waste of war, and to engage in the greater task .of continuing our hitherto wonderful national development. What I now propose to do is merely to group some of my personal recollections about the historic persons and events of the day, prepared not with any view to their publication, but rather for preservation till I am gone; and then to be allowed to follow into oblivion the cords of similar papers, or to l»e used by some historian who may need them by way of illusti ation. I have heretofore recorded how I again came into the military service of the United States as a colonel of the Thirteenth Regular Infantry, a regiment that had no existence at the time and that, instead of being allowed to enlist the men and instruct them, as ex...

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