"We are aware of the belief obtaining among the Southern people that the time has not yet come for the publication of
histories or memoirs of the more prominent operations of Confederate commanders and officers...We are conscious, moreover,
how impossible it were so to write the annals we here present, as to steer clear of giving pain to some, umbrage to others,
dissatisfaction also, and some grounds for disputation and criticism.
However, we are of those who believe it to be essential to the truth of history, that the Confederate story of the war
should be told without delay — told with all possible fullness and unreserve..."