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Editorial paragraphs.


Renewals have been coming in quite briskly; but there are still a large number of old subscribers to whom we are not now sending our Papers simply because their time is out and they have failed to renew their subscriptions. We are very sorry to part with any of our friends, but we are obliged to insist upon our terms-$3 per annum in advance. We beg that subscribers in every locality will “stir up the pure minds of their neighbors by way of remembrance,” and will send us new subscribers or the renewals of old ones.

General Geo. D. Johnston of Alabama has been duly appointed gene-ral agent of our Society and authorized to travel in our interest, to collect money or material for us, to appoint local agents, or to act for us as occasion may demand.

We deemed ourselves fortunate in securing the services of this gallant soldier and accomplished gentleman, and the result has fully justified our expectations. He has been canvassing Nashville with the most gratifying success, and now proposes to visit other cities and towns of Tennessee and Kentucky. We bespeak for him the hearty co-operation of all friends of the cause of truth.


Annals of the army of Tennessee is the title of a new monthly which it is proposed to start in April at Nashville, Tenn.

We have received the circular and prospectus from the editor, Dr. E. L. Drake, and shall cordially welcome the new worker in the cause of historic truth, and bid it a hearty “God speed.” The circular is signed by a number of gallant soldiers of the Western army, and contains a number of important statements in reference to the preservation and vindication of the truth of history, especially as it regards the achievements of the Western armies.

It, however, does the Southern Historical Society injustice (unintentionally, of course,) in the statement that our publications have been “confined mainly” to the Army of Northern Virginia. We have published a large number of articles on the general history of the Confederacy, in which the soldiers of all of our armies are alike interested, and we have published a number of reports, “Recollections,” &c., of the Southern, Western, and Southwestern armies. For the past six months we have devoted a large part of our space to Gettysburg; but we are ready to illustrate as fully the great battles of the West if our friends who fought them so gallantly will only furnish us the material. [144]

The truth is that our Society was originally started in New Orleans by officers of the Western army — that we have on our shelves a large mass of material which illustrates the gallant deeds of our comrades of the West-and that while we hail the “Annals” as a valuable co-worker and helper, we shall still claim the privilege of asking our friends in the West to help us to put them right on the record.


A letter from General Fitz. Lee, on Gettysburg, will appear in our next number, and will contain some things about the great battle never before published.


We have on hand and waiting for publication, a number of valuable articles. Our friends will please bear with us, and their papers shall appear at the earliest possible day.


Original Papers that have never been published in any form before always have the preference in making our selections. And while we sometimes copy articles even from current newspapers, yet we insist upon it that where gentlemen select first some other vehicle of publication, we are thereby released from any obligation to copy their papers; but, whether we can publish or not, we are always glad to place in our scrap-book or on our shelves anything bearing on the “War between the States.”


Correction.-In the letter from General Clayton, page 127, line 7 from bottom, the word “morning” should be “moving.”

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