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A Panorama of the Great Civil War
CELEBRITIES OF BOTH SIDES; THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CREATED THE
GREATEST EPOCH OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY.
N UNPREJUDICED representation of the issues that
of those who participated in the campaigns, marches,
Copyright, C. R. GRAHAM, 1896.
VETERAN PUBLISHING COMPANY.
A SOLDIER'S OFFERING. THE laurel wreath of glory
Go, strip your choicest bowers, That decks the soldier's grave,
Where blossoms sweet abound, Is but the finished story,
Then scatter free your flowers The record of the brave;
Upon each moss-grown mound; And he who dared the danger,
Though shaded by the North's tall pine Who battled well and true,
Or South's palmetto tree, To bonor was no stranger,
Let sprays that soldiers' graves entwine, Though garbed in gray or blue.
A soldier's tribute be,
- George M. Vickers.
N presenting this volume to the public two important characteristics are
worthy of special notice: The first is, that every article contained in it was written or the matter furnished by the living actors and witnesses of the events related, and that in no other form can these liistorical treasures be
obtained. The second is, that the truth only, without bitterness or malice, finds place upon its pages; that no word or expression is used that could not with propriety be read by a Northern or a Southern veteran, or to the children of either. Perhaps nothing could better express the sentiment of fairness and fraternity that pervades Tales of the Civil War as Told by the Veterans, than the following extracts from the writings of the editor :
“Americans are unlike other people. The manliness which characterizes the American citizen is indigenous to the Land of Liberty ; it is confined to no class or condition ; it is as widespread as our native golden-rod. The dignity, courage, and magnanimity which are the prominent qualities of American manliness, do not combine in the general character of any other nation. Elsewhere, those qualities are confined to the favored by birth, education, or fortune; with us they are inherent.
“The American is tenacious of his rights, real or imagined, to a degree unknown out side of the United States; he is a sovereign conscious of his sovereignty; therefore, it is always safe to appeal to his manliness. Patriotism is the child of manliness, and we are the most patriotic nation on the earth. Whatever the differences may be that exist in the minds of the people concerning questions of political economy, on the subject of patriotism they are unanimous. This glorious truth may disconcert the plans of demagogues and business politicians; it may deprive them of well-worn texts and inflammatory data, but so sure as the heavens dome Columbia, so sure is this a solid United States.
“Sectional wants and local traditions exert their influences in every cominonwealth ; the right to think and lawfully express opinion is the essence of liberty; let no man attempt to suppress that right.
“The war of the sixties is over; but the price of its lesson was the blood and treasure it cost. The men of the North and the men of the South each thought differentiy; but the bravest and most siucere expressed their opinions on the battlefield, and in their glorious record the world recognizes the unparalleled valor of the American soldier. Grant, Lee, Sherman, Jackson were Americans, and it is to our country's glory that their valor is known throughout the world ; for of such heroes is our land peopled from sea to sea. How noble, then, the motive that would bind in fraternal bonds the loyal veteran war riors of our land! And such is the sentiment that fills the heart of every true American. How beautiful, if every veteran, whether a Union or a Confederate soldier, would wear a