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Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 / Personal recollections and observations of General Nelson A. Miles embracing a brief view of the Civil War, or, From New England to the Golden Gate : and the story of his Indian campaigns, with comments on the exploration, development and progress of our great western empire

Preface,   pp. vii ff. PDF (389.0 KB)

Page vii

Tr _  [HIS BOOK is largely the result of a desire to comply with the wishes
        of friends who have expressed the opinion that such a work would
        find a goodly number of interested readers. It was no part of my
        purpose to write my memoirs or a history; but rather to retrace,
with such readers as shall choose to accompany me, some portions of the
journey of life that now lie in the past.
   It is impossible in a single volume to do justice to all my companions
who were engaged in the great cause of the Civil War, or those who
engaged in the war for civilization along our western frontier; yet it has
been mny endeavor to do injustice to none.
   I have by no means exhausted the important features that marked the
original journey, but have aimed to point out briefly, as far as practicable,
the more interesting and instructive events so that the time of the reader
may be spent not only agreeably, but with some degree of profit.
   In presenting these thoughts and observations I have hoped to meet the
favor of the intelligent, generous American, whom I know to be most con-
siderate, and I trust I may rely upon his liberal consideration, especially
when it is remembered that I have been obliged to gather and prepare
much of the material at spare hours during the time largely taken up with
the cares or exacting official duties and responsibilities. In this I have
had the earnest assistance of Mr. N. E. Dawson, and for his faithful and
zealous labor I desire to express my appreciation.
   If this narrative shall inspire thought or promote a taste for further
research and study along the diversified lines of development in our great
and growing country, my efforts Till not have been in vain. I have also
endeavored to illustrate the difficulties and dangers to which my compan-
ions in arms were exposed, in order that, if possible, their services and
acIlievements might be more fully appreciated by the beneficiaries who
are now enjoying the fruits of their heroism and sacrifices.
                                                   NELSON A. MILES.
   I 1VA I)QUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, D. C.
     [Febitary 1, 1896.

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