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History of the 103d Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Vol. 1: 1861-1865 (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9781332541010
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-06-16
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Excerpt from History of the 103d Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Vol. 1: 1861-1865
When the writer accepted the honor as historian of his Regiment he had no realization of the task involved. After more than forty years since the final events of the Civil War, he expected to use the compilations of others who had carefully examined everything bearing on the most important events in which his Regiment had participated. Instead, however, of receiving assistance from this source he found the task made doubly difficult by the fact that most of the writers on these events have accepted the gossip of the camps, evidently without confirmation or research, even when censuring their comrades in arms. Attention is called to this at some length in numerous extracts from historical narratives and in a personal sketch.
In the preparation of this work an earnest endeavor has been made to present everything pertaining to the Regiment which would be of interest to surviving members, and care has been exercised to avoid undue exaggeration. In preparing the regimental narrative constant reference has been made to the diary of Sergt. S. M. Evans, the "Army Experience" of Capt. John Donaghy, and the Official Reports of the War Department. Sergt. Evans kept a daily record of the events of the Regiment during the first three years of the war; Capt. Donaghy prepared his "Army Experiences" from his diary a few years subsequent to the war, and any additions made were when his memory of the most vivid incidents must have been clear. The well known character of both gives assurance to their surviving comrades that any positive statement by either can be regarded as trustworthy.
For the early history of the Regiment the correspondence filed in the archives of the State of Pennsylvania from the promoters, organizers and officers of the Regiment to the state officials have been carefully examined. So far as the company and individual records are incomplete the writer asks to be absolved from blame. He has spent much time both at the capital of the state and the capital of the nation examining the official records and has presented here everything pertinent to which He had access at either place. He is under special obligations to the Auditor for the War Department, B. F. Harper, and to Comrade S. E. Fannce. Chief of Records Division, in the Auditor's office, and to Hon. Thos. J. Stewart, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, and his clerk. Comrade J. B. Stauffer; to James C. Deininger. of the State Department; also to the Commissioners of Pension. Hon. Vespasian Warner and Hon. J. L. Davenport, for valuable and courteous service in an endeavor to complete the individual records of the members of the Regiment.
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