Browsing named entities in D. H. Hill, Jr., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 4, North Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans).
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Preface in presenting this sketch of the North Carolina troops in the Civil war, the author feels that, in justice to himself and to the heroic soldiers whose deeds it attempts to commemorate, some facts in connection with its preparation should be stated. The authorship of this chapter was originally assigned to a distinguished participant in the deeds recorded. He, however, after vainly striving for about a year to find time in which to write the sketch, was reluctantly forced by his engagements to relinquish the undertaking. Thereupon the author was invited to prepare the chapter. The time which the publishers could then allow for the collection of material and the completion of the manuscript necessitated more rapid work than such a subject merits. This necessity for haste especially prevented the collection of much-needed data about the last twelve months of the war. During those months the Confederate officers wrote very few official reports. The only way, therefo