Excerpt from Pictorial History of the Civil War in the United States of America, Vol. 1
I gladly availed myself of the labors of others with pen and pencil, who kindly permitted me to make use of unpublished ma terials - such as drawings, photographs, diaries, and letters; and I am Specially indebted to the courtesy of the proprietors of Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, whose artists accompanied the great armies throughout the Whole struggle, and preserved the lineaments of a thousand Objects which were soon swept away by the storms of war. I was actorded free access to’ all official reports allowed to be made public; and chieﬂy from these and the drawings of engineers, the narratives of marches, battles, and sieges Were compiled, with accompanying maps and plans. In the work will be found the portraits of the prominent actors, civil and military, of both parties to the conﬂict; also views and plans of battle-grounds; head - quarters of Officers; weapons and ships of war; forts; arsenals; medals of honor, and other gifts of gratitude; costumes of soldiers; ﬂags; banners badges; and a great variety of other objects whereby the eye may be ih structed concerning the materials used in the conﬂict.
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