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They elucidate biography and history-which are the same — for they present the likeness of the actor in the drama, his character and endowments; and to know what great men are, is better than to know what they perform. What Lee, Jackson, Johnston, Stuart, and their associates accomplished, history will record; how they looked, and moved, and spoke, will attract much less attention from the historian of the future.
The august muse of history will make her partial and pasf or obtained from good authority.
Invention has absolutely nothing to do with the sketches; the writer has recorded his recollections, and not his fancies.
The picturesque is a poor style of art, when truth is sacrificed to it. To represent General Lee decked out in a splendid uniform bedizzened with gold lace, on a prancing steed, and followed by a numerous and glittering staff, might tickle the ears of the groundlings; but the picture would be apt to make the judicious grieve.