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864, by George E. Pond—Campaigns of the civil war, XI. A Review, by Colonel Wm. Allan.
This is one of the most interesting of the Scribner series and is valuable because of the clearness with which it is written, and of the amount of research it shows in bringing together information from widely scattered sources, concerning an exciting and important campaign.
As history, too, it is far better than General Doubleday's Gettysburg, though it is far behind the best numbers of the series.
Mr. Rope's Army under Pope, and General Palfrey's Antietam, for instance.
It is mainly a narrative of the Federal operations in the Valley in 1864, only describing and discussing the Confederate side, so far as is necessary to the comprehension of the achievements of the Union armies.
While, too, Mr. Pond's language is temperate, and he aims at fairness, his bias is very evident, and often converts his pages into a defence of, or panegyric upon the Federal commanders.
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