Archive for the ‘Civil War Quotes’ Category

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…”

From the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1st, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln

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“Richmond has fallen-and I have no heart to write about it…they are too many for us. Everything lost in Richmond, even our archives. Blue-Black is our horizon.”

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Mary Chestnut

(Credit: https://ehistory.osu.edu/biographies/mary-boykin-chesnut)

“Though the defense of African slavery (thus it is commonly called) is left to the South, the North are jointly benefited by it. Deduct from their trade and manufacturers all which is dependent upon the products of slave labor, their prosperity would fade.”

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Jefferson Davis

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“Go back! Go back! Do your duty as I’ve done mine. I’d rather die than be whipped!”

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J.E.B. Stuart

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“Don’t flinch boys! They’re shooting at me, not at you!”

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Philip Kearny

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“In glades they meet skull after skull

Where pine cones lay-the rusted gun,

Green shoes full of bones, the mouldering coat

And cuddled up skeleton;

And scores of such. Some start as in dreams,

And comrades lost bemoan;

By the edge of those wilds Stonewall had charged-

But the year and the Man were gone.”

~Herman Melville (The Armies of the Wilderness)

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“Better a generation should die on the battlefield, that their children may grow up in liberty and justice.”           ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

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