y as one of the bravest achievements on record.
The following letters from Judge Critcher and Major Kelly show how largely the correspondent drew upon his imagination in his account of this comparatively insignificant affair.
But this romancing is a fair sample of the style in which many of the so-called histories of the day are manufactured.
The letters of Judge Critcher and Major Kelly were written after seeing the above account of one of the bravest achievements on record.
General Fitzhugh Lee:
My Dear Sir — There is far more of romance than truth in the newspaper account of Dahlgren's ride into Fredericksburg.
The contributors to the daily newspapers seem to be under the necessity of writing something, if possible, that is marvellous and sensational; and a father may well be pardoned for reproducing what is so flattering to his pride.
But the facts:
There were four companies of cavalry, just mustered into service and armed with such guns as each man could provide,