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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 2 0 Browse Search
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Dedicatory. to the good and brave soldiers of the grand Army of the Republic, This book is dedicated by their comrade, a slight token of appreciation of the patriotic devotion to loyalty and gallant heroism with which they endured the hardships and fought the battles of their country during the War of the Rebellion, to preserve its existence and perpetuity as a nation of freemen, the proudest exemplar of a people solely governed by themselves, able to sustain that government as more powerful than any nation of the earth. Upon our efforts and their success depended the future of free institutions as a governmental power, giving the boon of liberty to all the peoples. Other republics have flourished for a season, been split in fragments, or merged in despotisms, and failure would have closed forever the experiment of a government by the people for the people. Benj F. Butler.