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The Project Gutenberg EBook of A History of the Army Experience of William A. Canfield, by William A. Canfield This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: A History of the Army Experience of William A. Canfield Author: William A. Canfield Release Date: April 15, 2010 [EBook #31998] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ARMY EXPERIENCE--WILLIAM A. CANFIELD *** Produced by The Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.) _OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE,_ _Concord, N. H., March, 1869._ _This is to certify that the author has served the country faithfully; lost his arm at Petersburg; and is of good report by all who know him._ (Signed,) _J. D. Lyman_, _Secretary of State_. A HISTORY OF WILLIAM A. CANFIELD. Sold only by Himself. Price 25 cents. MANCHESTER, N. H.: PRINTED BY CHARLES F. LIVINGSTON. 1869. A HISTORY OF THE ARMY EXPERIENCE OF WILLIAM A. CANFIELD. BY HIMSELF. _PRICE TWENTY-FIVE CENTS._ MANCHESTER, N. H.: C. F. LIVINGSTON, PRINTER. 1869. _PREFACE._ READERS: In writing this little book, I do not claim to issue a work of choice language, nor to present any new facts or startling developements concerning the general history of the war. My intention is simply to write a short narrative of my life as a soldier in the Army of the Potomac and South West, and in the Hospital. Having lost my left arm from a wound received in front of Petersburg, I have taken this method of procuring sufficient means to enable me to engage in some business by which I may gain an honest livelihood for myself and family. Craving your kind indulgence, I bring my claim before you, hoping you will grant it a favorable reception. Yours respectfully, WM. A. CANFIELD. HISTORY. I was born on the 10th of June, 1840, in Thornton, a small town in the northern part of New Hampshire. I was the youngest of six children. Our parents were poor in this world's goods, but rich
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