The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves...."-President Abraham Lincoln
The third title in Gordon Leidner's successful series,The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage captures the essence of this bloody and inevitable conflict through the insights, inspirations, and wisdoms of those who lived it. Featuring more than 220 quotes from both Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians, as well as excerpts from some of our country's most enduring speeches, The Civil War documents the chronology of one of the ultimate turning points in American history.
And fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.129 —Union nurse Clara Barton * * * In the very responsible position in which I happen to be placed, being an humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, as I am and as we all are, to work out his great purposes, I have desired that all my works and acts may be according to his will, and that it might be so, I have sought his aid.130 —President Abraham Lincoln * * * For a mile up and down the open fields before us the splendid lines.
The pageant has passed. That day is over. But we linger, loath to think we shall see them no more together—these men, these horses, these colors afield.223 —Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain * * * I have never on the field of battle sent you where I was unwilling to go myself, nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers. You can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the government to which you have.
General Robert E. Lee * * * You, you the people of the South, believe there can be such a thing as peaceable secession. You don’t know what you are doing… This country will be drenched in blood. God only knows how it will end.22 —Union General William Tecumseh Sherman * * * We seem to be drifting to destruction before our eyes, in utter helplessness.23 —Northern Congressman Caleb Cushing * * * We are going to destruction as fast as we can.24 —Confederate Vice President Alexander Hamilton.
Than any the world has yet seen… At this time it is suicide, murder, and will lose us every friend at the North… You will wantonly strike a hornet’s nest… It is unnecessary; it puts us in the wrong; it is fatal.42 —Confederate Secretary of State Robert Toombs, warning against the South’s impending attack on the Union’s Fort Sumter 2 Call to Arms In April of 1861, eleven Southern states had either seceded or were about to secede from the Union. In his First Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln.
Quotes topically, so succeeding chapters will occasionally have a few quotes that occurred earlier in the war. I trust that the reader will find these quotes inspirational as well as informative. I agree with many others that one cannot fully understand the United States of America today without understanding the experiences of Americans during our nation’s most devastating war. —Gordon Leidner Introduction to the Civil War Most twenty-first-century readers are amazed that it required a.