Excerpt from Recollections of the East Tennessee Campaign: Battle of Campbell Station, 16th Nov;, 1863; Siege of Knoxville, 17th Nov; 5th Dec;, 1863
Detroit, April 28th, 1871.
I have examined the statements of facts contained in this article, and find them unusually accurate, so far as they cover the ground.
O. M. Poe, Major of Engineers, and Brevet Brig. Gen'l, U. S. A. Late Chief Engineer, Army of the Ohio.
In the following Sketches, I cannot, consistently, make further pretension, than that of picturing my own experiences, which necessarily were largely confined within the limits of my own regiment.
That justice may not have been done some equally or more deserving regiments, and that the skeleton of facts, upon which the following incidents are based, may be incomplete through the omission of some detail, there can be little doubt. The desire to preserve the incidents I have hitherto carried in my memory, and to make acknowledgment where justice demanded it, has been my only motive in offering this article to my comrades and those who are interested in the East Tennessee Campaign.
I have been greatly aided through the courtesy of Generals A. E. Burnside, O. M. Poe, and F. W. Swift, who have granted me privileges of conversation and free access to data in their possession; and also, to Generals James Longstreet and E. P. Alexander, of the Confederate service, who kindly gave me permission to publish portions of a private correspondence.
Extracts have been made, by permission, from "Burnside and the Ninth Army Corps," a very complete work published by "Woodbury," and from an article published in the "Atlantic Monthly," of July, 1865; for which favors I am deeply grateful.
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