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AMBROSE E. BURNSIDE
NINTH ARMY CORPS:
A NARRATIVE OF CAMPAIGNS IN
NORTH CAROLINA, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, OHIO, KENTUCKY,
THE PRESERVATION OF THE REPUBLIC,
ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS AND MAPS.
SIDNEY S. RIDER & BROTHER.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1866, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Rhode Island.
PRESS OF KNOWLES, ANTHONY & CO., PROVIDENCE.
NOR the volume which is here given to the public, no
more is claimed than that which appears upon the title page. It is a simple narrative in the four distinct parts into which the subject naturally divided itself--of the actions and events in which the soldiers of the Ninth Army Corps and their principal commander participated. No corps in the army, with the exception of those which made the grand march from Atlanta to the coast and up through the Carolinas, has performed more arduous service, or marched or fought over a wider territory than the Ninth. The soldiers used to speak of themselves as composing “ the first class in geography.” It can hardly be expected that, in traversing so extensive a field, I have succeeded in avoiding all mistakes. One or two errors have already been detected, but unfortunately not till after the sheets had been printed, when it was impossible to rectify them. In general, however, I think it will be found that the story is as truthfully told as it could well have been by one, who was not an eye witness of the scenes which he describes. I shall be very grateful to any person who will point out to me any errors into which I have unwittingly fallen. My design has simply been to tell a plain, unvarnished tale. I have sought to extenuate nothing, and I am sure that I have set down nothing in malice. I have sought to narrate actual occurrences, rather than to express opinions. If, in some instances, the statements which here appear are somewhat different from those which others have made, all that I wish to insist upon is, that they are the statements of facts, and not of prejudice or fancy.
One mistake, which no one regrets more than myself, occurs upon page 253, where the 9th New Hampshire regiment is spoken of, as though it had been separated from the Corps for a time, and then returned to it. Such was not the