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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by
EMMA LUCILLA FULLER,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
“ Poscimur :-si quid vacui sub umbra,
Lusimus tecum, quod et hunc in annum
EREAVEMENT naturally leads us to recall
the scenes of the life of the departed, to
look over the memorials of his virtues and the souvenirs of his love. This employment has afforded a sad satisfaction, and the general interest manifested in the fate of Chaplain Fuller, as well as the historic scenes in which he participated, has led to the publication of his biography.
It is hoped that this labor of love may be of advantage to the family of the Chaplain, to whose benefit its pecuniary avails are devoted. The
pen of the Chaplain has been made to write the greater part of his biography. Especially in martial scenes does he make his own record.
As his character is unfolded in these pages, we think the pure and patriotic motive which led him to seal the
devotion of his life with his blood, stands forth in bold and unmistakable prominence.
War scenes and incidents, historical personages and places, render the theme of this book of universal interest. The full and particular narrative of the combat of the Merrimac and Monitor, of which the Chaplain was an eyewitness, is one of his sketches of important events which have a value for historical reference.
And it is believed that not only the religious public, but the general reader, will be interested in the narrative which depicts a specimen of the New England clergy, a class remarkable for its position and influence among a free people.
Upon the Chaplain's childhood and youth we have dwelt with some particularity, not only because of their general importance as the key to the sequel of life, but also on account of the public interest in his sister Margaret, who was the loadstar of his early days.