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tiously bestowed in studying and arranging the mass of materials furnished by the'' historical committee," especially soldiers' journals and letters. She has herself properly described her task in this department:—"For more than a year we have followed the fortunes of this Regiment, examining for the purpose every document, printed and manuscript, within our reach; sparing no labor of research; writing and re-writing again and again, as fresh ma. terials came to hand, the simple story, which we now, with mingled hopes and fears, commit to the public."
Besides the elements of interest in all military history, one of an exciting quality is made prominent in the fortunes of this regiment. "Disaster,'' as well as "struggle" and " triumph," might well be expected among the vicissitudes of war, but in their case disaster seemed premature and peculiarly disheartening. In the outset, as yet inexperienced, it was their misfortune to be stationed at Harper's Ferry, and to have part in the insufficient defence of Maryland Heights. The remembered surrender of those places was not only disastrous but discreditable to our arms. This was one of the regiments then made prisoners and parolled. Thus early they had to spend two months in inactivity at Chicago before being exchanged. Worse than this, they had to bear the aspersion, from certain witnesses, and even from'superior governmental authority, of panic and flight on Maryland Heights, without an opportunity of being heard in their own vindication. It seemed incredible to those who knew the good material of this regiment. Of course we cannot go into such a question here, but the reader of this work, we think, will find reason for discrediting those witnesses, and for putting the responsibility for the surrender of these places on " the stupidity or faithlessness " of Col. Miles, who there commanded this and other regiments. He will find proof too that these men, recruited as they were, did good service even in that field, and need not be ashamed of their record when fully exhibited. And it would seem as if a censure which they felt to be unjust the more stimulated their zeal on many subsequent occasions. At Gettysburg, and in many a sharp action, as part of the "Army of the Potomac," they made their name beyond dcubt honorable and created a regimental pride which has produced this memorial. Their losses of officers and men make a record for them at once sad and glorious.
The latter half of the volume, in smaller type, is occupied with the "Chronological Record" and "Biographical sketches" prepared by the Committee of the Regiment, whose diligence and patience in gathering and arranging so great a mass of materials are above all praise, These condensed pages are really so many "Soldiers' Monuments," with the most ample inscriptions, both for the fallen, and for their surviving comrades. We commend them to all who study the literature of the war, as showing how much an intelligent and spirited regiment may do in honor of its members. To those families who find here the history of their dead, there is no need of our commendation to make this history a household book.
The mechanical execution of the volume is most suitable and attractive, particulaily Mrs. VVillson's narrative, which is in a type that these "Boys in Blue" will like to read when they become veterans. We wish there may be many like contributions to our national history,
Dante Gabriel Rosetti's Poems* come to us heralded by the applause of eminent poets and practiced critics as worthy of the admiring homage of all who shall read them. They are anything but common place imitations of any of the modern schools. There is great power of diction, clearness, and daring imagery and intensity of passion, and earnestness of devotion. All these are so conspicuous in single poems as to compel our admiration. We should not dare to assert that the diction is never abrupt and obscure—that the imagery is not extravagant—that the passion is not sustained, whether it takes the form of sentiment or serious desire—and that the religion drags heaven nearer to earth more than it elevates earth to heaven. With these suggestions we add our testimony, to that of other admiring critics.
* Poemt. By Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Boston: Roberts Brothers. 1870.
THEOLOGICAL AND RELIGIOUS.
Rome and the Council in the Nineteenth Century. By Felix Bungener. Translated from the French. With additions by the author. Edinburgh: T. i T. Clark, George street. 1870. For sale by Scribuer, Welford <fc Co., 654 Broadway, New York. [A trenchant survey of the present position of the Roman Catholic Church, and a vigorous discussion of the character and effects of the new dogma.] 8vo. pp. 323.
An examination of the Utilitarian Philosophy. By the late John Grote, B. D., Fellow of Trinity College, and Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Cambridge. Edited by Joseph Bickersteth Mnyer, M. A., late Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. Cambridge: Deighton, Bell A Co. 1870. 8to. pp. 362.
An Introduction to the New Testament. By Frederick Bleek. Edited by J, F. Bleck. Translated from the German by the Rev. William Urwick, M. A Edinburgh: T. A T. Clark. For sale by Scribner, Welford <fc Co., Broadwiy, New York. (2 vols. 8vo.)
Companions of my Solitude. By Arthur Phelps, author of " Friends in Council," Ac. From the seventh London Edition. Boston: Roberts Brothers. 187ft. 8vo. pp. 276.
The Choice of Paris; a Romance of the Fronde. By S. G. W. Benjamin, »othor of "The Turk and the Greek." New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1870. 8vo. pp. 334.
Superstition and Force: Essays on the Wager of Law—the Wager of Battle— the Ordeal—Torture. By Heury C. Lea. Second Edition. Revised. Philadelphia: Henry C. Leo. 1870.
The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold. By Arthur Peurhyn Stanley, M. A., Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the University of Oxford. Two volumes in one. Boston: Fields, Osgood A Co. 1870. 8vo. pp. 378 and ix.; 400.
The Women of Israel. By Grace Aguilar. New York: Applcton 4 Co. (2 vols. 8vo. pp. 270, 386.)
Ancient History; or, the Old States and Empires. For Colleges and SchooU. By John Lord, LL.D. New York: Charles Scribner dt Co. 1870. 8vo. pp. 645.
Coningsby; or, the New Generation. By Hon. Benjamin D'Israeli. New York: Appleton 4 Co. 1870.
The Young Duke. By Hon. Benjamin D'Israeli. New York: Appleton t Co. 1870.
Maternity: A popular treatise for young wives and motheis. By Tullio