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EARLY LIFE, PUBLIC SERVICES, AND CAMPAIGNS OF
GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
HIS COMPANIONS IN ARMS,
WITH A RECORD OF THEIR
CAMPAIGNS AND HEROIC DEEDS.
"Names the world will not willingly let die."
BY EDWARD A. POLLARD,
AUTHOR OF "THE LOST CAUSE," ETC., ETC.
With numerous Steel-plate Engravings.
E. B. TREAT & CO., 654 BROADWAY.
BALTIMORE, MD.: J. S. MORROW; LOUISVILLE, KY.: F. I. DIBBLE.
U.S. 6297.3876, May 20.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern
THE NEW YORK PRINTING COMPANY,
THE Author proposes in this present work to assemble the most heroic names of the South in the late war, and to give to the world biographies of her most illustrious military commanders, including memoirs of all the Army divisions of the Confederacy from Virginia to the Trans-Mississippi. The plan of the work is extensive; the collection is naturally in the shape of a galaxy; but the picture is one, in the common light of the martial glory of the South in which all the figures are grouped.
Authenticity is more difficult in biography than in history; the domain of anecdote is always doubtful; and the most we can obtain of the lives of particular men comes to us through the prejudices and colours of personal narration. Sensible of the difficulties and uncertainties which beset his task, the author may yet declare that he has executed it with such care that he has admitted no statement of fact without ample authority, and mentioned not even the slightest incident without the support of credible testimony. He has been greatly assisted from the notes and memories of surviving actors of the great drama; he has drawn something from various publications contemporary with the war-among which he would especially mention the Southern Illustrated News, one of the most interesting literary souvenirs of the Confederacy; and he has explored for evidence every print and manuscript of the documentary history of the Richmond Government. At least, he has not been deficient in research, however he may have used his discoveries.
It has been arranged that the biographies in this volume should cover the whole space of the action of the late war.