Recollections of a Cavalryman of the Civil War After Fifty Years, 1861-1865

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F. J. Heer printing Company, 1915 - Ohio - 309 pages

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Page 298 - Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State ! Sail on, O Union, strong and great ! Humanity, with all its fears, With all its hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate...
Page 281 - I, A. B., do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be), that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever; and observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States...
Page v - But war's a game, which, were their subjects wise, Kings would not play at.
Page 192 - A dozen surgeons and attendants in their shirt sleeves stood at rude benches cutting off arms and legs and throwing them out of the windows, where they lay scattered on the grass.
Page 286 - Go watch the foremost ranks in danger's dark career : Be sure the hand most daring there has wiped away a tear.
Page 217 - Government, and to stand firm in their allegiance to it. " The loyal shall be protected, and the sympathizers with rebellion, though they may have taken the oath of allegiance to the Government of the United States, will be treated as rebels, unless they conform, in word and act, to the spirit of that oath.
Page 292 - My Friends: It is easy to hate our enemies. It is natural to retain a spirit of enmity against those who have injured us. It is the mission of Christianity to give us lessons of forgiveness, and the Son of God came from heaven to teach us not only to forgive our enemies, but to love them. In this there is an inference that we ourselves may have given some cause to make enemies, and that there is something good and lovable even in those who differ from us. "It is not our province to discuss the cause...
Page 239 - ... authorities made the great mistake of endeavoring to force the loyal men of the mountains to the support of the cause. Hatred most intense was the result, and many men died rather than yield to the pressure brought to bear upon them. The Confederate authorities first attempted to disarm the people, and for this purpose sent troops through the country, taking up the hunting rifles wherever they could be found. These rifles were as dear as the apple of the eye to the mountain men. From the days...
Page 293 - ... that the women of the South whose homes were ruined, and the women of the North whose sons lie scattered in unknown graves should retain a feeling of bitterness. Heart wounds were given which saddened the life of a generation, and have magnified the task of conciliation which the best men and women on both sides have undertaken and which these floral tributes to the Confederate dead today are designed to promote. On occasions like this we feel there is a holiness in flowers. They are the mute...
Page 297 - ... of Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, and Stonewall Jackson will be estimated side by side with that of Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan, and the soldierly qualities of both armies will be equally considered in determining the nation's place among the powers of the earth. My fellow-citizens of the gray and the blue, as we distribute these flowers on the graves of more than two thousand of the nation's Confederate dead I feel that we should thank God that we and they were permitted to belong to that...

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