"The diary of Albert Tracy (Haddock), published as Volume XIII (1945) of the Utah Historical Quarterly, is a document of unusual interest to students of Western history. An officer in the army of General Albert Sidney Johnston during the Utah Expedition, Tracy in his account throws fresh light on many of the events of that chapter of Utah's history, and in spite of his partisan viewpoint, he reveals in intimate detail the daily life of the army along the march and in camp. It is a companion volume to the diary and correspondence of Captain Jesse A. Gove, Tracy's fellow officer, published as The Utah Expedition by the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1928. Together they are prime sources for the inner history of the Utah War.
It was through the scholarly efforts of the late Herbert S. Auerbach, president of the Utah State Historical Society, that publication of the manuscript was made possible. The original journal, together with Captain Tracy's drawings, a number of which are herewith reproduced, is deposited in the New York Public Library. Mr. Auerbach, recognizing its importance, arranged for photostatic reproductions and had undertaken its preparation for publication when death intervened. Final editing of the manuscript was done by J. Cecil Alter, editor of the Quarterly, and the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Dwyer. For extensive research and valuable cooperation, gratitude is due Robert W. Hill, keeper of manuscripts, of the New York Public Library, also Paul North Rice, reference librarian, and Sylvester Vigilante, custodian of the American History room, for their gracious courtesy; and Miss Marguerite Locke Sinclair, secretary of the Utah State Historical Society, for assistance and editorial counsel."