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Introductory—God and our Country—Interest in our Volun
Slavery and the Rebellion-Organization of a Regimental
Gauley Bridge, Western Virginia-General Cox at Flat-top
Angels in the Hospital-Woman's Work-A Remarkable Death-bed.
Flowers for the Sick-A Joke at the Chaplain's Expense.... 78
( What is a Woman Worth?" ---Soldier Mechanics - Pack's
Changes-Sacramental Services---Battle at Bull Run-Fight at Frederick City, Md...
103 CHAPTER VIII.
Battle of South Mountain--Bravery of the Twenty-third Ohio
The Ideal and the Actual of War-"My Brother, O my : Brother!”Woman's Love and Sympathy.........
Battle of Antietam-Heroic Bravery- The Stone Bridge
Death of Colonel Coleman-Treachery or Cowardice....... 147
A Gleam of Sunshine–The Dying Soldier and his Bible
164 The Loved One Remembered in Death......
Divine Service on the Field-Religious Comfort in the Hour of
A Terrible March-Soldiers' Prayers and a General's Purga
tory-Political versus Military Strategy.......
Cold Knob-Bravery and Endurance— Rebels Caught Napping.
At Summerville-Religious Interests—The Prodigal's Return. 199
The Soldier's Last Resting-place-Reveries in a Graveyard.... 209
“Little Shady”—Beauties of Slavery.....
220 CHAPTER XVIII.
The Army of the Cumberland-Rebels in Front, Meaner Rebels in Rear-Soldiers' Resolutions....
A Kidnapper Frustrated -- Tribute to a Christian Soldier
"Gottesacker" - Posterity and our Military Cemeteries... 236
A Beautiful and Impressive Scene-Living Water.......
Hoover's Gap_Very Romantic— Hydropathy, Mutton, and
Rosecrans's Strategy --Crossing Lookout- Perilous Position
of the Army.....
Battle of Chickamauga-Religious Services on the field
Turchin's Brigade-Cut Through or Surrender......
Wilder's Brigade and Longstreet's Veterans–Frightened Correspondents--God's Providence.......
War is Dreadful-Brighter Days for our Country — Name
less Crimes –Irish Chivalry—"In de Cane-brake.”........ 316
Incidents of the Field-The "Old Flag yet !"--Letter from a Christian Soldier-An Adroit Movement....
328 CHAPTER XXVII.
Secrets of Slavery - White Slaves — The Poor Whites-New
The Dying Soldier's Dream of Home-The Sentinel-Life al
Rebel Barbarities - National Cemetery at Chattanooga
Courage and Generosity....
It is said that a preface is seldom read. From this it has been inferred that it is unnecessary to write one. Some literary oracles have even gone further, and asserted that it is a violation of good taste to detain the reader at the threshold of a book, and compel him to endure several pages of prefatory explanations, which, at the best, are but covert egotisms, when, it is to be presumed, he is desirous of entering at once upon the work of examining the book itself. Others, with equal authority, declare that a proper regard for the claims of etiquette demands that strangers be introduced to each other by a third party, and that the same rule holds good in the literary world. Whatever opinion may be adopted on this not very important question, the general practice seems to be in favor of the timehonored custom of making at least a bow to the reader before thrusting upon his attention the full contents of a volume. It is generally safe, in matters of mere etiquette, to follow established customs. In the present instance it is considered not only safe, but necessary.
A few sentences will comprise all that need be said in this prefatory note.
And, first, the book is not a history of the war; it makes no such pretensions. Even in the brief sketches given of several severe battles, such as South Mountain, Antietam, Chickamauga, etc., no attempt is made at elaborate details. The sketches themselves are merely outline pictures, with