For thirty-four years I have waited patiently for some one to write a history of the 19th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, but fearing that it may never be accomplished, I have concluded to send out this story.
I do not dignify it by calling it a history.
It is simply a soldier's story, told by one of the “boys.”
Most of it is written from memory.
The account of prison life is taken from an imperfect diary, kept by the writer while a prisoner of war.
I sincerely hope the publication of this volume will inspire other comrades, and that from the memories thus evoked some one may gather further material whereby the deeds of the men who so bravely followed the flags of the State
and Nation for four long, weary years may be preserved.