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Excerpt from The Falling Flag: Evacuation of Richmond, Retreat and Surrender at AppomattoxThe writer only attempts to give some account of what occurred within his own observation- he would have esteemed it a privilege to enter into all the detailMoreExcerpt from The Falling Flag: Evacuation of Richmond, Retreat and Surrender at AppomattoxThe writer only attempts to give some account of what occurred within his own observation- he would have esteemed it a privilege to enter into all the detail that lights up the last desperate struggle, made by that glorious remnant of the Army of Northern Virginia, with its skeleton battalions from every Southern State- illustrating their own fame and that of their noble leader, mile by mile, on that weary march from Richmond to Apomattox.But he has confined himself to his own experiences, and in a great measure to what happened to his own Brigade, because it was written out, immediately after the war, from that standpoint. And if there be any merit in it, it is simply as a journal - what one man saw, and the impression produced thereby. This, even within a limited range, if truly put, represents at least a phase of the last act in the bloody drama that had been enacting for four years. More than this he could not hope to do, but leaves to abler hands the greater task that swells the current of events into the full tide of history.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.