Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

Quote of the day, Nov. 19

November 19, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, from the Gettysburg Address

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this …”

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Quote of the day, May 10

May 9, 2017

Walker Percy, on the U.S. Civil War (from “The American War”)

“The truth is, I think, that the whole country, South included, is just beginning to see the Civil War whole and entire for the first time. The thing was too big and too bloody, too full of suffering and hatred, too closely knit into the fabric of our meaning as a people, to be held off and looked at—until now. It is like a man walking away from a mountain. The bigger it is, the farther he’s got to go before he can see it. Then one day he looks back and there it is, this colossal thing lying across his past.”

Quote of the day, April 15

April 15, 2011

Charlotte (NC) Whig, on the eve of the Civil War (1861)

“We are waiting the signal that shall call us to arms. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 24, 2010

Abraham Lincoln, a Thanksgiving proclamation (1863)

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. (more…)