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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 1 1 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 1 1 Browse Search
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ering valuable materials for the work. The writer bore a cordial letter of introduction from General Grant to any officer commanding a military post within the late Slave-labor States, asking him to afford the bearer every facility in his power. To General O. O. Howard the writer was also indebted, for a similar letter, directed to any agent of the Freedmen's Bureau. These, and the kind services everywhere proffered by, and received from, persons who had been in the Confederate armies, procured for the author extraordinary facilities for gathering historical materials, and he was enabled to send and bring home a large amount of valuable matter. This had to be carefully examined and collated. In this and kindred labor, and in the construction of small illustrative maps, and the preparation of the sketches for the engraver, all by his own hands, months were consumed, and the delay in the appearance of the second volume was the consequence. B. J. L. The Ridge, Dover Plains, N. Y.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lossing, Benson John 1813- (search)
Lossing, Benson John 1813- Historian; born in Beekman, Dutchess co., N. Y., Feb. 12, 1813. Self-educated, a watch-maker, editor, and wood-engraver, he devoted his attention to the pictorial side of history, especially to the antiquities of his own region, the Hudson Valley. His chief work was the Pictorial field-book of the Revolution, published in 1850-52. He wrote also Pictorial field-books of the War of 1812 and the Civil War, an illustrated book on the Hudson, histories of the United States, historical biographies, and the Cyclopaedia of American history. His great service was the preservation of the local color in many noted episodes of the early history. He died near Dover Plains, N. Y., June 3, 1891.