Excerpt from The Boy's Book of Battle-Lyrics: A Collection of Verses Illustrating Some Notable Events in the History of the United States of America, From the Colonial Period to the Outbreak of the Sectional War
The historical sketches prefixed in the proper places will be found full, unless the details are faithfully given in the text, when the intro ductions are purposely made meagre. In either case they will be found to be accurate, the verses being, as I have styled them, metrical nar ratives rather than poems. In that form, I trust, they more readily impress on the mind of the reader a sense of the patriotism and cour age of our forefathers, and give a notion of the nature of the struggle by which these States emerged from a dependent condition to take high rank among the peoples of the world. The story of each event being told in the first person, the style and language are intentionally marked by the peculiarities of the imaginary narrator. And in thisconnection it will be observed that, because of the nearness of the conﬂict, the battles of the late sectional war have been avoided, and the two incidents of that period touched on at the close are personal.
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