There has been so much written and said about the Civil War since it happened 150 years ago. But some of my favorite things said came from those actively engaged in the Civil War itself. So here are a few of my favorite things.
” Well boys, Your troubles are over now, mine have just begun” ~ Abraham Lincoln, the day after he was elected president in 1861. This is a rather humorous quote from Lincoln describing what he knew was to come for him as president.
” I thought his genius was military, but that as a party manager he would not succeed.” ~ Varina Davis, describing her thoughts about Jefferson Davis becoming president of the Confederacy, and his possible ineptness for the political realms.
” The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land will yet swell the chorus of the Union…” ~Abraham Lincoln, in this very moving quote describes what he thinks the Union ought to still do, sing the chorus of unity.
” I have got the best suit of clothes that I [ever] had in my life” ~Private Peter Wilson 1st Iowa Volunteers, this also rather humorous quote describes the living conditions of some of the soldiers previous to their entrance in the army
” When my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name.” ~ Major Sullivan Ballou 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, Burnside’s Brigade, in this quote describes his strong devotion to his wife in the time of death. Though this was written only to his wife, it exhibits the feelings of many soldiers.
“There stands Jackson like a stone wall.”~ Confederate Brigadier General Barnard Bee, this is a most famous quote which in time would give Jackson the nickname “Stonewall”. Though the intended meaning is not known. Some historians say Bee said that because of his gallantry and bravery in the face of fire, but others say it was because Bee needed reinforcements and Jackson was slow in shifting his men to help him.
” We cut our way in and we can cut our way out.” ~ Brigadier General Ulysses Grant, I especially like this one because it shows the fighting spirit of Grant. In a time were many Union generals would not have tried to cut their way in or out Grant did both.