well as the general, the captain as well as the colonel, and the private as well as the captain.
On the whole, its work was well balanced, marvelously so, and the results are before the readers of the Photographic History
If so slight a proportion can be shown of the men distinguished for their fighting, it obviously becomes impossible, even should the ten volumes consist of portraits alone, to represent adequately the soldiers whose fame has come since 1865.
Merely to suggest the function of the Civil War
as a school of citizenship, portraits are presented with this introduction of six soldiers who became President
; of a group like Grenville M. Dodge
, Harrison Gray Otis
, and Thomas T. Eckert
, who helped to develop American material resources; together with several, such as Henry Watterson
, Carl Schurz
, George E. Waring, Jr.
, and Francis A. Walker
, whose influence has put much of our journalism and public life on a higher plane.
As these lines are penned, no less than four Civil War soldiers—two Union, two Confederate—are serving as members of the highest American tribunal—the Supreme Court:—Chief Justice White
and Justice Lurton
(Confederate); Justices Harlan
(Union). Ex-Confederates again have been found in the cabinets of both Republican and Democratic Presidents
, as well as in the National Congress.
But immense indeed would be the literary enterprise undertaking to cover all the results in American civic life of Civil War training.
There have been State governors by the hundreds who could look back upon service with the armies.
There have been members of legislatures by the tens of thousands.