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Title Page || 1: CHAPTER I.


"Man proposes and God disposes." There are but few important

events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice.

Although frequently urged by friends to write my memoirs I had

determined never to do so, nor to write anything for

publication. At the age of nearly sixty-two I received an

injury from a fall, which confined me closely to the house while

it did not apparently affect my general health. This made study

a pleasant pastime. Shortly after, the rascality of a business

partner developed itself by the announcement of a failure. This

was followed soon after by universal depression of all

securities, which seemed to threaten the extinction of a good

part of the income still retained, and for which I am indebted

to the kindly act of friends. At this juncture the editor of

the Century Magazine asked me to write a few articles for him. I

consented for the money it gave me; for at that moment I was

living upon borrowed money. The work I found congenial, and I

determined to continue it. The event is an important one for

me, for good or evil; I hope for the former.

In preparing these volumes for the public, I have entered upon

the task with the sincere desire to avoid doing injustice to any

one, whether on the National or Confederate side, other than the

unavoidable injustice of not making mention often where special

mention is due. There must be many errors of omission in this

work, because the subject is too large to be treated of in two

volumes in such way as to do justice to all the officers and men

engaged. There were thousands of instances, during the

rebellion, of individual, company, regimental and brigade deeds

of heroism which deserve special mention and are not here

alluded to. The troops engaged in them will have to look to the

detailed reports of their individual commanders for the full

history of those deeds.

The first volume, as well as a portion of the second, was

written before I had reason to suppose I was in a critical

condition of health. Later I was reduced almost to the point of

death, and it became impossible for me to attend to anything for

weeks. I have, however, somewhat regained my strength, and am

able, often, to devote as many hours a day as a person should

devote to such work. I would have more hope of satisfying the

expectation of the public if I could have allowed myself more

time. I have used my best efforts, with the aid of my eldest

son, F. D. Grant, assisted by his brothers, to verify from the

records every statement of fact given. The comments are my own,

and show how I saw the matters treated of whether others saw them

in the same light or not.

With these remarks I present these volumes to the public, asking

no favor but hoping they will meet the approval of the reader.