Originally, all copies of this book were sold by subscription only, and so have become quite rare. The copy I received was in poor repair: several pages have been replaced over time, apparently by making copies of the missing pages from less depleted books and then taping them into their proper positions. For the most part this presented no problem, but one particular section which detailed the names of the enlisted ranks for Company G (pp 70-75 in the original) could not be made sense of. The Ohio Historical Society's Archives and Library division, however, was kind enough to send me facsimiles of the pages in question from their copy of the book (which copy, incidentally, had once belonged to Brice Taylor of Company D).
The transcription here offered will have pagination in the body of the work different than in the original and so page references in the index necessarily disagree with those in the original. The author did not include a Table of Contents in the original History. To ease the internet readers' navigation, I have constructed a rough ToC, which precedes the actual transcription.
Various links are provided at the bottom of each page: to the Previous and Next pages, and to the Introduction (this page), ToC, and Index. A careful perusal of the index will show that not all items are sequenced strictly in page number order. The sequencing in the Index is as found in Stevenson's original. When the book was printed, his sequential errors were transparent since the page references were correctly ordered. However, in some instances, though two references may have been on the same page originally, the text of a subsequent reference in the Index appeared before the text of a preceding reference in the body of the work. Since my pagination is different than the original, this transparency is eliminated.
In several sections the History employs lengthy quotations from official reports, addresses, and private letters (some of which letters had been written by the author himself). Indeed, two entire chapters are comprised almost wholly of quotations. None of these were set in a different typeface in the original, nor did the original employ narrower margins or any other means to indicate that the author himself was not speaking. When I first read the book, I was sometimes confused as to the speaker — often his quotes are unattributed. For the purpose of clarity, then, I have chosen to offset all quotations, except for short, in-line quotes, from the main text by employing narrower margins for them.
One such quotation deserves particular mention: in describing the battle at Kenesaw Mountain near Atlanta, Rev. Stephenson fills several pages (280-283/4 in the original; 154-157 in the transcription) with the authorship of some unattributed person. Without any attribution, and without trying to locate (how might that be done?) the original letter/report, it is difficult to know where exactly the quotation ends and where Stephenson himself again takes up the narrative. I have examined this quotation very carefully, paying particular attention to syntax. A clue (p. 283) that the quotation has not yet expired is the phrase "... is a citizen of your State ...", the use of the word "your" being an indication that the unattributed writer is still speaking. Five paragraphs later, (p. 284) Stephenson is clearly speaking again when he writes the single-sentence paragraph: "See records for the killed and wounded." One or another, then, of the four intervening paragraphs marks the end of the unattributed quotation. For a variety of reasons, I have eliminated the indented margins immediately preceding "See records ... ". If this is, in fact, in error, the error is wholly mine.
Stephenson includes a page of Errata. When an item in the text appears in red, it appears uncorrected. These errata are interactive: the reader may click on the word to see the correction.
Sometimes a word like General would be abbreviated Gen. (with the period) and at other times as Gen (without the period). Again without notification, I have elected to utilize the period following all titular abbreviations.
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