We admire those who risk their lives in battle, but sometimes forget that patient endurance is as heroic as bravery in battle.
–Stephen W. Walkley Jr.; History of the Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Hawley’s Brigade, Tenth Army Corps, 1861-1865
Harper’s Weekly: A Journal of Civilization; 6 January 1872
Except for his stealing, Tweed would have been a great man; but had he been honest, he wouldn’t have been Tweed and would not have left nearly so great a mark.
–Kenneth D. Ackerman, Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
One of the most tender and compassionate of men, he was forced to give orders which cost thousands of lives; by nature a man of order and thrift, he saw the unutterable waste and destruction which he could not prevent. The cry of the widow and the orphan was always in his ears; the awful responsibility resting upon him as the protector of an imperilled republic kept him true to his duty, but could not make him unmindful of the intimate details of that vast sum of human misery involved in civil war.
–John Hay on Lincoln
. . . during this annual rite in which the National Pastime returns belongs to David Eisenhower:
Following baseball is like keeping tabs on the neighbors. Attending a game is like dropping by for a visit to see how everyone is getting along. Sustaining interest is easy because of the ever-present potential for an abrupt change of fortune.
–Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969
I am right now listening to the Indians-Bluejays opener from Toronto on MLBTV. So good to have baseball back.
In the evenings when Washington was quiet, I would often go to the Lincoln Memorial and talk to Mr. Lincoln. In those days you could drive right up and park at the foot of the steps of the memorial . . . I loved that majestic seated figure surrounded by his eloquent words. I found him to be a wonderful listener.
–Cynthia Helms, An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster
You don’t understand anything about this. You have no idea what it feels like to stand on a battlefield pretending to fight for something you believe in.
–Everybody Loves Raymond’s Frank Barone on Civil War reenacting
Harriet Ward Foote Hawley
I do not believe we shall ever conquer till we proclaim emancipation; and yet I suppose there are people in the world who think President Lincoln knows more than Mrs. Hawley.
–Mrs. Harriet Ward Foote Hawley, outspoken wife of Joseph Hawley in a private letter; July 3, 1862
(image/Harriet Beecher Stowe Center)