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[292] the Department on securing an officer whose high character, wide acquaintance and intelligent zeal make him so emphatically the “right man in the right place,” in the work of collecting and compiling Confederate papers.

Mr. Tasker has impressed us as being one of the finest clerks we ever met, one of the most accurate and systematic keepers of Mss., &c., with whom we ever met, and at the same time a high-toned, conscientious gentleman, who could never be prevailed on to alter, or allow to be altered, the dotting of an i or the crossing of a t of any document under his charge. We feel that the cause of truth will not suffer at his hands, and that the whole country is to be congratulated that he occupies his present position.

We have not written these things for the sake of an empty compliment to individuals; but in order to assure our friends that the “War record” office is now under control and management which give assurance of fair play in both the compilation and the publication of the “official history of the war,” and which should make all Confederates not ashamed of our heroic history ready and anxious to help the Department in supplying the missing links and ultimately publishing to the world the official data which will perpetuate the story of the glorious deeds which shed a lustre on the American name, and are the proud heritage of our whole country.

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