e, but what was known and said and thought and felt,--not to say, suffered; and in its darkest passages showing a steadfast purpose, patience, and spirit of obedience deserving of record even if too often without recompense, until the momentous consummation.
These memoirs are based on notes made nearly at the time of the events which they describe.
They give what may be called an interior view of occurrences on the front of the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the last essay in Grant's Virginia campaign.
This was so distinctive in character, conditions, and consequences, that I have ventured to entitle it The last campaign of the armies.
I trust this narrative may not seem to arrogate too much for the merits of the Fifth Corps.
No eminence is claimed for it beyond others in that campaign.
But the circumstance that this Corps was assigned to an active part with Sheridan during the period chiefly in view — the envelopment and final out-flanking of Lee's army warrants