The Civil War and the Constitution 1859-1865

The Civil War and the Constitution 1859-1865

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The Civil War and the Constitution 1859-1865

The Civil War and the Constitution 1859-1865

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The preface to "The Middle Period" was intended to serve for all the volumes of this series proceeding from my pen. I do not feel inclined to interfere with that arrangement now, and I shall not do so. Perhaps, however, it is due to my readers that I should make some explanation in regard to the delay in the appearance of these volumes after the publication of "The Middle Period." I can do this in a single sentence. I found the task of going carefully through the immense mass of Congressional debates, Executive orders, diplomatic correspondence and military reports so prolonged that, in the midst of the exactions of my University labors, I was unable to complete them earlier.

I desire, further, to express in these introductory lines my continued obligation to my friend and former pupil, and now, I rejoice to say, my colleague, Dr. Harry A. Cushing, for his invaluable aid in the preparation of these volumes.

JOHN W. BURGEES.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, June 12, 1901.

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