commander, extending through many years, and the graphic and sure touch conveyable only by such personal intimacy.
Nor was it to be expected or desired that Professor William P. Trent
, a writer and scholar Southern born, should fail to emphasize the lofty personal traits of his hero, Lee
; or that Mr. Allen C. Redwood
, whose rare privilege it was to ‘fight with “Stonewall
,” ’ should not portray his honest and frank admiration for the most surprising military genius developed by the Civil War
Particularly gratifying to the humanist is the sketch of Sherman
, written from the standpoint of the most sympathetic discrimination by a Southern historical student—Professor Walter L. Fleming
, of the Louisiana State University.
Two groups of portraits accompanying this introduction show veterans of the Union
and Confederacy who, by great fortune, are numbered among those few spared in life, health, and activity of pen throughout the half-century since 1861; and who have contributed largely the materials of the Photographic History
Without the note of actuality and reminiscence that runs through the chapters from their pens, this work, despite its conception of guiding impersonality, would have lacked many of its most faithful and permanently valuable sections.
To those veteran contributors, for their many courtesies and special labors in realizing the purpose of this History, it is a pleasure here to express the warmest appreciation.