The kind interest with which the public received the Memoirs as they appeared in “Blackwood
's Magazine” induced me to think of republishing them.
When they were on the point of republication, the news reached me that my King
had called his people to arms against Austria and her allies.
I offered at once my sword to my native country, and had the proud satisfaction of fighting, in the army of Prince Frederick Charles
, in the great battle of Konigsgratz, and of taking part in the victorious advance through Bohemia, Moravia, and the Duchy of Austria.
A new great war has turned the interest of the public to new matters,--many months have passed away since the termination of the great American struggle,--and many may have forgotten that the splendid Army of Virginia was ever in existence; but I do not hesitate to publish my account of battles lost and won, trusting that there are many still left who will read with some interest the simple narrative of a soldier who is proud to have shared the sufferings and the glory of the unfortunate people of the late Confederacy.
Heros Von Borcke, Of the 3d Prussian Dragoons. Prussia, October 25, 1866.