Reminiscences of a Boy in the Civil War

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author, 1915 - United States - 159 pages
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Page 44 - Lincoln was an immense personality — firm but not obstinate. Obstinacy is egotism — firmness, heroism. He influenced others without effort, unconsciously; and they submitted to him as men submit to nature, unconsciously. He was severe with himself, and for that reason lenient with others. He appeared to apologize for being kinder than his fellows. He did merciful things as stealthily as others committed crimes. Almost ashamed of tenderness, he said and did the noblest words and deeds with that...
Page 45 - He knew that slavery had defenders, but no defense, and that they who attack the right must wound themselves. He was neither tyrant nor slave. He neither knelt nor scorned. With him, men were neither great nor small, — they were right or wrong. Through manners, clothes, titles, rags and race he saw the real — that which is. Beyond accident, policy, compromise and war he saw the end. He was patient as Destiny, whose undecipherable hieroglyphs were so deeply graven on his sad and tragic face. Nothing...
Page 45 - ... the master— seeking to conquer, not persons but prejudices — he was the embodiment of the self-denial, the courage, the hope, and the nobility of a nation. He spoke, not to inflame, not to upbraid, but to convince. He raised his hands, not to strike, but in benediction. He longed to pardon. He loved to see the pearls of joy on the cheeks of a wife whose husband he had rescued from death. Lincoln was the grandest figure of the fiercest Civil War. He is the gentlest memory of our world.
Page 93 - ... in daylight or darkness, to honor his every command, no one can doubt ; and he trusts that both officers and men will touch lightly upon his faults, in the full conviction that, as their commander, he has endeavored to discharge his duties to them, to his country and his God. He leaves you with fervent wishes for your prosperity, and the earnest hope that an honorable peace may soon be won, so that we may once more return to our loved homes by the broad rivers and lakes of the Empire State. By...
Page 93 - Only 7 months ago he assumed command ; yet the ties that bind those who, like ourselves, have shared each other's hardships and dangers, who have followed the same standard through so many battles, and gathered around it with their ranks thinned, but unbroken, when the combat was over — such ties cannot be broken by the order that relieves your General from the command. That he must continue to take the liveliest interest in the welfare of a brigade that has never failed in the hour of peril, whether...
Page 151 - All the prisoners in this section of the prison are exercised in the corridor, two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, and twice a week they are permitted two hours in the yard.
Page 45 - It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy. Wealth could not purchase, power could not awe, this divine, this loving man. He knew no fear except the fear of doing wrong.
Page 32 - At the breaking out of the war, he offered his services to the Government. They were accepted, and he was authorized to raise a regiment of volunteers, in which he was successful.
Page 45 - He was the enemy of mock solemnity, of the stupidly respectable, of the cold and formal. He wore no official robes either on his body or his soul. He never pretended to be more or less, or other, or different, from what he really was. He had the unconscious naturalness of Nature's self. He built upon the rock.
Page 31 - It was a source of great satisfaction to me that I was able to remove thoroughly all the products of conception without perforating the uterus.

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