Excerpt from Freedom Triumphant: The Fourth Period of the War of the Rebellion From September, 1864 to Its Close
In this volume, as in all that have preceded it, I have endeavored to divest myself of prejudice; to place myself, as far as it is possible for one who was an observer of the great conﬂict and loyal to the Union, in the position of those who were fighting for the establishment of the Con federacy. I recognize their sincerity, valor, bravery, endurance, suffer ing, achievements, and triumphs; I hold out to them fraternal hands, have but one wish - that love, peace, prosperity, and the best blessings of Heaven may rest upon them forever. I write to set forth the truth of history, and have endeavored to present only authentic statements. It will be for the historian of the future to place a correct estimate upon the motives of the actors, and the parts performed by them in this great historic drama.
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