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HENRY T. JOHNS,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of Massachusetts.
C. A. ALvoRD, STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER.
PIRE FA C E .
THE “Forty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers” sprang from Berkshire. This, their rècord, is written for Berkshire readers. If it shall, in after years, enable my comrades to recall the events and some of the emotions of our soldier-life; if it shall tend to unite us in sympathy; if it shall present to our friends a fuller view of our deeds and experiences, and bring out more vividly the merits of our “fallen brave,” I shall be satisfied. ... Writing it has been to me a “labor of love.” I have written fully and earnestly of the principles underlying this struggle; otherwise, I have confined my pen to our regimental life as it came within my observation and experience. It would be sad to believe those principles were no part of that life. My chief regret is, that fuller data did not enable me to do justice to all our dead. The engraving of Colonel Bartlett, one of the best evidences of the skill of the leading engraver of New York, A. W. Ritchie, needs this remark: On applying for a photograph, from which to obtain an engraving, the Colonel sent me several, taken in different styles, by different artists, at different times. I selected the one that was used |because I deemed it the best one, and because it