The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage

The Civil War: Voices of Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage

Gordon Leidner

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1402292651

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"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.

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little Eddie’s crying. I called and said, “What is the matter, Eddie?” and he said, “Oh, Mamma! I am so hungry.” And Lucy, Edward, your darling Lucy; she never complains, but she is growing thinner every day. And before God, Edward, unless you come home, we must die. Your Mary.178 —Letter presented by Confederate deserter Edward Cooper in his defense at his court-martial * * * Sitting at the base of a pine tree I saw a line sergeant. His face was stained with blood, which had oozed from under

welcomed back into the Union so tested and assured? On our part not a sound of trumpet more, nor roll of drum; not a cheer, nor word, nor whisper of vain glorying, nor motion of man. But an awed stillness rather and breath holding, as if it were the passing of the dead.211 —Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, describing the surrender ceremony at Appomattox * * * One of the Knightliest soldiers of the Federal army, General Joshua L. Chamberlain of Maine, who afterward served with

honor and right and liberty and equality. Obstacles may retard, they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice, and sustained by a virtuous people. Reverently let us invoke the God of our fathers to guide and protect us in our efforts to perpetuate the principles which, by his blessing, they were able to vindicate, establish and transmit to their posterity, and with a continuance of His favor, ever gratefully acknowledged, we may hopefully look forward to success,

Stone (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2007), xiv. 139.  CWIH, 144. 140.  The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, Volume II, 479. 141.  J. William Jones, Christ in Camp: or, Religion in Lee’s Army (Richmond, VA: B. F. Johnson & Co., 1887), 170. 142.  Lawrence Lee Hewitt, Lee and His Generals: Essays in Honor of T. Harry Williams (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012), 186. 143.  Spencer C. Tucker, The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia (Santa Barbara, CA:

the rule of the majority.49 —Confederate President Jefferson Davis * * * You have made the greatest mistake of your life, but I feared it would be so.50 —Union General Winfield Scott, to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who declined Scott’s offer to take command of the Union armies * * * The die was cast; war was declared…every person, almost, was eager for the war, and we were all afraid it would be over and we not be in the fight.51 —Confederate soldier Sam Watkins * * * To fight

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