Us Civil War Quotes by Sam Watkins, Abraham Lincoln, Howell Cobb, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and many others.
America has no north, no south, no east, no west. The sun rises over the hills and sets over the mountains, the compass just points up and down, and we can laugh now at the absurd notion of there being a north and a south. We are one and undivided.
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
If slaves will make good soldiers, then our whole theory of slavery is wrong.
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, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. –as quoted in THE RIVER OF WINGED DREAMS
As a nation we began by declaring that all me are created equal. We now practically read it, all men are created equal except Negroes.
Fondly do we hope, ferverently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in.
That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
the better angels of our nature
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.