Very interesting descriptions of the great battles of the late war, written by prominent generals, have been
lately published and widely read. It seems to me, however, that it is time for the private soldier to be heard
Of course, his field of vision is much more limited than that of his general. On the other hand, it is of vital
importance to the latter to gloss over his mistakes, and draw attention only to those things which will add to
his reputation. The private soldier has no such feeling. It is only to the officers of high rank engaged that a
battle can bring...
A privateer was leaving Genoa on a certain June morning in 1461, and crowds of people had gathered on the
quays to see the ship sail. Dark-hued men from the distant shores of Africa, clad in brilliant red and yellow
and blue blouses or tunics and hose, with dozens of glittering gilded chains about their necks, and rings in
their ears, jostled sun-browned sailors and merchants from the east, and the fairer-skinned men and women of
The fame of Gratian, before he had accomplished the twentieth year of his age, was equal to that of the most
celebrated princes. His gentle and amiable disposition endeared him to his private friends, the graceful
affability of his manners engaged the affection of the people: the men of letters, who enjoyed the liberality,
acknowledged the taste and eloquence, of their sovereign; his valor and dexterity in arms were equally
applauded by the soldiers; and the clergy considered the humble piety of Gratian as the first and most useful
of his virtues.