Excerpt from The City of Newburyport in the Civil War: From 1861 to 1865; With the Individual Records of the Soldiers and Sailors Who Served to Its Credit, Also the War Records of Many Natives and Residents of the City, Credited to Other Places
The writer presents this volume to the citizens of his native city as purely a work of love. At the close of the Civil War we found, that notwithstanding the loyalty and patriotism of our city during that eventful period, and its earnest and hearty support of the National Government, that it had not only promptly furnished all the men it was called upon by the State to provide, but had actually ex ceeded by more than one hundred and fifty men (including those in the 40th New York Infantry) all demands made upon it, yet it had absolutely given no thought to, or made the slightest provision for, the preservation of the names or the collating of the records of those who had given of their time, their health, and their lives for the preservation of the Union and the honor and good name of the city.
Feeling assured that but a short time would elapse before many of the names as well as the honorable records of the veterans would be lost if some effort were not made to pre serve them, I began in 1869 the task of collecting the individ ual records of all who went from Newburyport or served to its credit during the war. The work has been a long and continuous one, demanding more of my time and energy than I ever dreamed of devoting to it; and yet now that it has been completed, and the records placed in such permanent form as to insure their identity, as well as their permanency for the future, I am amply repaid.
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