in the initial number of the rebellion record, it was stated that the work proposed to furnish, “in a digested and systematic shape, a comprehensive history of this struggle; sifting fact from fiction and rumor; presenting the poetical and picturesque aspects, the notable and characteristic incidents, separated from the graver and more important documents.”
It was observed that we did not aim either to “supersede or to keep pace with the newspapers, but to subject them, both North and South, to the crucible of time;
following them at such distance as may be required to verify and classify all that is best worth preserving out of the immense mass of leaders, speeches, letters, and reports, which crowd the daily press;” “everys important document and extended narrative being given in consecutive order, and numbered, with references from the Diary.”
The editor, aiming at entire impartiality, has collected, from every quarter
, whatever appeared to be of general interest, in any way connected with the great topics of the day, or likely to elucidate, in the slightest degree, the questions at issue, or the spirit and temper of the people, whether loyal or otherwise.
Thus it will be found that a very considerable portion of the volume is occupied with “secession documents,” or articles from the “secession” press, reprinted verbatim
, without alteration, or comment.
Every individual who has spoken or written with effect on either side, or “on the fence,” has been placed “on record,” and his utterances are here electrotyped for the benefit of future generations.
The volume is paged in three divisions, viz., I. Diary
of Events; II.
Documents and Narratives; III.
Poetry, Rumors, Incidents, etc. A full Index and a Table of Contents are added; and the whole is preceded by the able and comprehensive address by Mr. Edward Everett
, discussing with even more than