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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 9:44 p.m. PST

,,, in the Civil War,

"Very little history of distant events can be much more than a rehash of material which has already been told or written before. Accordingly, no apologies will be made for reprinting without change the several eyewitness contributions which constitute the heart of this volume. As has so often been done, I might have taken these selections and transformed the narratives into my own words; by so doing I might perhaps receive more acclaim as a "writer of history" than will come to me under the present arrangement. I am satisfied, however, that the stories would lose a good deal through the transformation; therefore I am presenting them unchanged for that reason if for no other. If this scheme proves acceptable to the reader it should furnish him with a method of absorbing history painlessly. With the same aim in view, the "scholarly approach" is deliberately avoided in this volume. At the same time the greatest effort has been made to give every fact and judgment with the utmost accuracy…."
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john snelling23 Jan 2020 5:12 a.m. PST

Excellent book!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2020 12:09 p.m. PST



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