The North American Review Volume 95

The North American Review Volume 95

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: an English Friend.) By J. G. Baenahd, Major of Engineers, U. S. A., Brigadier-General and Chief Engineer Army of the Potomac. With Five Maps. New York: D. Van Nostrand. 1862. 8vo. pp. 136. This is on several grounds a publication of great importance and value. General Barnard was on duty, as senior engineer of General McDowell's staif, in the battle of Bull Run, and we have here his own narrative combined with the official report of the commanding officer and the detailed reports of several who held commands under him. These, with maps drawn on a large scale, and filled in so as to designate every locality connected with the battle, enable the reader to obtain a much clearer apprehension of the movements and events of the day than could have existed in any mind till time had elapsed for the collation of different accounts and the construction of the shifting geography of the battle-ground. General Barnard's object in preparing this volume was, first, to relieve the affair of Bull Run from the obloquy which had been cast upon it, and to place it " in the category of well-planned and well-fought battles "; and, secondly, to make such representations of the national cause and of the motives and course of the rebellion as might aid in averting British interference in behalf of the Confederate States. There is an interesting appendix on " Routs and Panics," in which it is shown that, as in this, so in several wellknown historical instances, a groundless and seemingly fortuitous panic has turned the fortune of a battle almost won, and has changed a victoryjust within grasp into a disastrous rout. General Barnard merits hearty gratitude for the patriotic aim with which his book has been prepared, while its execution more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945948
  • 9781236945945