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stepped aside and let the people I met speak for themselves. Notes taken on the spot, and under all sorts of circumstances, — on horseback, in jolting wagons, by the firelight of a farm-house, or negro camp, sometimes in the dark, or in the rain, — have enabled me to do this in many cases with absolute fidelity. Conversations which could not be reported
in this way, were written out as soon as possible after they took · place, and while yet fresh in my memory. Idiomatic pecu
liarities, which are often so expressive of character, I have reproduced without exaggeration. To intelligent and candid men it was my habit to state frankly my intention to publish an account of my journey, and then, with their permission, to jot down such views and facts as they saw fit to impart. Sometimes I was requested not to report certain statements of an important nature, made in the glow of conversation ; these, not without regret, I have suppressed ; and I trust that in no instance have I violated a confidence that was reposed in me.
I may add that the conversations recorded are generally of a representative character, being selected from among hundreds of such ; and that if I have given seemingly undue prominence to any subject, it has been because I found it an absorbing and universal topic of discussion.
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CHAPTER VI. - Dowx THE RIVER TO HARPER'S FERRY.
CHAPTER XI. — VISIT TO MOUNT VERNON.
and "Self-Conceit." - Virginia and South Carolina. - Back in the Union. -
Ruins of Richmond. - Why the Rebels burnt the City.- Panic of the Inhabitants. -
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One of the Twenty-one. - His Account of Confederate Times. - Rebel Fast Days. --
Insurrection of Women. - Mr. L 's Story. - Colonel Dahlgren's Body. - Night
Fertility - Natural Advantages. - Old Fields. - Hills and Valleys. - Products. -