In this Diary I recorded what I heard and saw myself, and what I heard from others, on whose veracity I can implicitly rely.I recorded impressions as immediately as I felt them. A life almost wholly spent in the tempests and among the breakers of our times has taught me that the first impressions are the purest and the best.If they ever peruse these pages, my friends and acquaintances will find therein what, during these horrible national trials, was a subject of our confidential conversations and discussions, what in letters and by mouth was a subject of repeated forebodings and warnings. Perhaps these pages may in some way explain a phenomenon almost unexampled in history,—that twenty millions of people, brave, highly intelligent, and mastering all the wealth of modern civilization, were, if not virtually overpowered, at least so long kept at bay by about five millions of rebels.
he Paisley Association -- Future complications -- If Hooker had not been wounded! -- The military situation -- Sigel persecuted by West Point -- Three cheers for the carriage and six! -- How the great captain was to catch the rebel army -- Interview with the Chicago deputation -- Winter quarters -- The conspiracy against Sigel -- Numbers of the rebel army -- Letters of marque.
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Costly infatuation -- The do-nothing strategy -- Cavalry on lame horses -- Bayonet charges -- Antietam -- Effect of the Proclamation -- Disasters in the West -- The Abolitionists not originally hostile to McClellan -- Helplessness in the War Department -- Devotedness of the people -- McClellan and the proclamation -- Wilkes -- Colonel Key -- Routine engineers -- Rebel raid into Pennsylvania -- Stanton's sincerity -- Oh, unfighting strategians -- The administration a success -- De gustibus -- Stuart's raid -- West Point -- St. Domingo -- The President's letter to McClellan -- Broad church -- The