Abraham Lincoln: The War Years 1861-1865 (1). Carl Sandburg. 1925.
Why read it? I never forgot one of Sandburg’s last lines with the assassination of Lincoln: “For Abraham Lincoln it is lights out, good night, farewell—and a long farewell to the good earth and its trees, its enjoyable companions, and the Union of States and the world Family of Man he has loved.” p. 844. After I read those words, after two volumes of the life of
Sample quotes and ideas:
“…a Southern man remarked to the ladies of his party, ‘I think we ought to send some flowers over the way to the Undertaker of the
Of Sumner: “No other man in the Federal Government so thrust at the sin and guilt of the South while evading the issues of sin and guilt in the North.” p. 28. ……….
“…that summer of ’61 squads of Union recruits had marched down one side of a street in
“On a railroad train in central Kentucky one car held a company of troops going to a Union camp while in another car was a company of Confederates.” p. 113.
James Gordon Bennett, editor of the New York Herald: “The newspaper’s function is not to instruct but to startle.” p. 123. ……….
“More than once he [Senator Andrew Johnson of
To be continued.