Excerpt from The Battle of Gettysburg: From the History of the Civil War in America
The battle of Gettysburg was undoubtedly one of the greatest conflicts of modern times, not only from the number of combatants engaged and the desperate nature of the struggle, but because on the now classic heights of Cemetery Ridge, Culp's Hill, and the Round Tops the future of the American Republic, for weal or for woe, was fought and won on those memorable July days. As decisive in its character and far-reaching results as the battle of Waterloo, like it, it has been the subject of endless controversy and military criticism, and has brought forth a multitude of books, pamphlets, and letters, most of which serve but to bewilder and "darken visibly" the student of history.
Fortunately, amid the din and confusion of bitter polemical warfare there is one historian to whom the general reader can turn with confidence - one who has devoted to this battle years of patient study and untiring research, has critically examined all the official and unofficial documents, reports, and publications to be obtained from reliable sources on either side of the controversy, has thoughtfully sifted the evidence for every statement made, has consulted with the surviving officers of either army, and then, "with malice toward none and charity for all," and with an impartiality rare even in a foreigner of his exalted position and pre-eminent ability, has sought, and not in vain, to write truly the history of the greatest battle fought on American soil.
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