In the first chapter we have a brief sketch of the war. The next six chapters treat, respectively, of the infantry, the cavalry, artillery and engineer corps, strategy, naval operations and the sanitary corps.
Chapter VIII is devoted to some final considerations and brief sketches of Generals Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Sherman, Grant and of General Lee.
Our author's sketch of Lee is a splendid piece of military criticism.
In the closing paragraph of the book he thus compares him to Von Moltke, his own loved commander: Thus died this rare man, whom a clear intellect and naturalness and simplicity of character, joined to an unswerving fidelity to duty, and reposing on firm confidence in God, made one of the first Generals of his century.
There is but one man to whom I can compare him — a venerable General who, like Lee, is by his devotion to duty, the first soldier of his country.
We cannot in this brief critique enter into any special view of the different chapters of Major