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HIS fourth volume of papers and sermons comprises
papers presented at the banquets which follow
the regular stated meetings of the Commandery, and sermons preached before the Commandery, as a part of the annual Church service which, during the past few years, has been held in commemoration of the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, an event that brought peace within our borders and that cemented once more the union of States comprising our great Republic.
One object of the foundation of this Order, set forth in our Constitution, is—“to cherish the memories and associations of the war waged in defence of the unity and indivisibility of the Republic. ..." There is no way in which this result can be more effectually accomplished than by bringing together the personal recollections of those who took part in that great struggle. These narratives of personal experiences are interesting, not only because they bring us in contact with events of which the narrators themselves were a part, but also because, as a relation of facts and incidents based upon the personal observations and experiences of participants, they bring us much closer to the actual events of the War of the Rebellion than the more formal statements of the professional historian. Many of the incidents referred to, which are more or less of a personal character, would never have become matter of record but for these papers, nevertheless they give life to the accounts that are presented in the official reports.
NEW YORK, February, 1912.
The seeming paragon;
And kindly stars have given
'Tis less of earth than heaven.
Note: The preparation of this volume was committed by the Board of Officers to the Commander and our late lamented Recorder, A. Noel Blakeman. The Recorder cheerfully assumed the burden of the actual work, which he performed with his usual painstaking care, leaving among his papers the draft of the foregoing preface, and to him is due the full credit for the editorial work.
Sermon Preached by Companion Rev. George Williamson
Smith, D.D., Chaplain, Late U.S. N., Sunday, April
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