—naturally emphasizes, in its personal mentions and portrayals, the men of the respective specialties.
The editors, therefore, determined to devote an entire volume to the consideration of the personnel of the Union
and Confederate armies.
But in this field, vaster than most of the present generation have imagined, even a book as extensive as a volume of the Photographic History
can be no more than suggestive.
Consider the typical fighting man on the Union
side alone —the brevet brigadier-general
, or the colonel, often deserving of promotion to that rank.
When it is reflected that the rank of brevet brigadier-general was conferred upon eleven hundred and seventy Federal officers who never attained the full rank, and that the colonels who displayed conspicuous gallantry numbered as many, perhaps twice as many, more, it is evident that the editors of the Photographic History
, in presenting portraits of more than three hundred of the generals, by brevet, have made this feature of the work as comprehensive as possible.
To exhaust the list of such officers would require a separate volume.
Consistency, likewise, would demand at least another volume for colonels.
But who would undertake to decide what particular thousand among the upward of ten thousand claimants among this rank should have a place in the gallery of fame?
And if gallant colonels, why not the equally gallant lieutenant-colonels, majors
, and captains, who at times commanded regiments?
That there are limitations is evident.
The nature of the work decides its scope to a large degree.
The war-time camera has been the arbiter.
Here and there it caught the colonel as