Anecdotes of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln's Stories: Including Early Life Stories, Professional Life Stories, White House Stories, War Stories, Miscellaneous Stories
Rhodes & McClure, 1879 - 188 pages
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Page 136 - Burnside's command of the army you have taken counsel of your ambition and thwarted him as much as you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country and to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer.
Page 136 - I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticising their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you.
Page 136 - General : I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons, and yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which I am not quite satisfied with you. I believe you to be a brave and skilful soldier, which, of course, I like.
Page 14 - take us and our trunks out to the steamer?' 'Certainly,' said I. I was very glad to have the chance of earning 109 something.
Page 181 - ... flat failure; with him, it has been one of splendid success. His name fills the nation, and is not unknown even in foreign lands. I affect no contempt for the high eminence he has reached. So reached that the oppressed of my species might have shared with mo in the elevation, I would rather stand on that eminence than wear the richest crown that ever pressed a monarch's brow.
Page 40 - I presume you all know who I am. I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance. I am in favor of a national bank. I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles. If elected I shall be thankful ; if not it will be all the same.
Page 99 - Blondin, stand up a little straighter— Blondin, stoop a little more — go a little faster — lean a little more to the north — lean a little more to the south?
Page 110 - What good would a proclamation of emancipation from me do, especially as we are now situated? I do not want to issue a document that the whole world will see must necessarily be inoperative, like the Pope's bull against the comet.
Page 136 - have given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship. The Government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders.