Without Any Exception

But, after all, this ruffianism was really not a whit worse in its effects on the national character than was the case with certain of the “universal peace” and “non-resistance” developments in the Northeastern States; in fact, it was more healthy. A class of professional non-combatants is as hurtful to the real, healthy growth of […]

Difference of Spirit

During my voyage home in the China, I had an opportunity of discussing with many intelligent Northern gentlemen all that I had seen in my Southern travels. We did so in a very amicable spirit, and I think they rendered justice to my wish to explain to them without exaggeration the state of feeling amongst […]

Watchword

Give him my affectionate regards, and tell him to make haste and get well, and come back to me as soon as he can. He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, No. 61. May 11, 1863. With deep grief, the commanding general announces […]

Never Had Mother a Nobler Son

On a quiet autumn morning, in the land which he loved so well, and, as he held, served so faithfully, the spirit of Robert Edward Lee left the clay which it had so much ennobled, and traveled out of this world into the great and mysterious land. The expressions of regret which sprang from the few who surrounded the bedside of the dying soldier and Christian, on yesterday, will be swelled to-day into one mighty voice of sorrow, resounding throughout our country, and extending over all parts of […]

My Heart Was As Tender As It Ever Was

Sept. 2 [1862] — Pass down to Groveton, where fearful fighting was done last week, August 28, 29 and 30. Horrid scenes! Many dead Federals still on the field, though a squad of their men, under flag of truce, has been some days caring for wounded and burying dead. I found a wounded Federal sitting […]

Gradual and General Emancipation

Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia January 11, 1865 Hon. Andrew Hunter Richmond, Va.: Dear Sir: I have received your letter of the 7th instant, and without confining myself to the order of your interrogatories, will endeavor to answer them by a statement of my views on the subject. I shall be most happy if I […]

They Have Never Heard of the True Church

Perhaps this is the night for prayer meeting, for the parsons taking advantage of this period of calm are indefatigable in their efforts to draw the soldiers together to sing psalms and assist at prayer; hundreds and thousands respond to their call & the woods for miles resound with the unscientific but earnest music of […]

We Are Not Ashamed!

Less than two weeks ago the President of the United States, in a public address, is reported as using these words: “They said that Grant had not the military genius that other generals displayed in the war. To my mind, his mind and brain represented the very genius of war to suppress the rebellion, because […]

Skill, Ability and Courage

Wherever the headquarters flag of A. P. Hill floated, whether at the head of a regiment, a brigade, a division, or a corps, in camp or on the battle-field, it floated with a pace and a confidence born of skill, ability and courage, which infused its confidence and courage into the hearts of all who […]

I Have Always Desired to Die on Sunday

I see from the number of physicians that you think my condition dangerous, but I thank God, if it is His will, that I am ready to go. […] It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled. […] I have always desired to die on Sunday. — Words of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson on […]

If You Want to Smell Hell, Jine the Cavalry!

JINE THE CAVALRY! CHORUS: If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry! If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun, If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry! We’re the boys who went around McClellian, Went around McClellian, went around McClellian! […]