Friday, July 13, 2012

More Quotations

I was going through the book that I received from my towns public library, "The Oxford Dictionary of Civil War Quotations" and I found one quotation from Stephen Douglas. Stephen Douglas was a Us Senator from Illinois. Here is a little background information on Douglas from

In Congress, though one of the youngest members, he at once sprang into prominence by his clever defense of Jackson during the consideration by the House of a bill remitting the fine imposed on Jackson for contempt of court in New Orleans. He was soon recognized as one of the ablest and most energetic of the Democratic leaders. An enthusiastic believer in the destiny of his country and more especially of the West, and a thoroughgoing expansionist, he heartily favored in Congress the measures which resulted in the annexation of Texas and in the Mexican War -- in the discussion of the annexation of Texas he suggested as early as 1845 that the states to be admitted should come in slave or free, as their people should vote when they applied to Congress for admission, thus foreshadowing his doctrine of "Popular Sovereignty."

The quotation that I really liked was this:

        1. "Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots-or traitors".
                        ~Speech in Chicago, May 1, 1861

I believe that this is 100 percent true. I think that Douglas was trying to say something to the border states, but not directly say something, because if any border state decided to move to one side or another, it would terrible for any side.

More soldiers means more guns. More guns mean more balls flying at one time. More balls flying  at one time means more people will be killed or wounded at one time. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

If Your Looking for Great Books...

Hello Everyone.
     Today, I received an email from a small publishing company named Savas Beatie. They are an independent publishing company specializing in general and military history titles. A number of our award-winning titles have been selected for the Military and History book clubs. 

     I have checked out their website and what books they offer, and they have a huge selection not just about the Civil War, but every part of History.

      One book that the Representative offered was, The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign, including the Battle of South Mountain, September 2 - 20, 1862 by Brad Gottfried.

Here is some information about the book:

This magisterial work breaks down the entire campaign (and all related operational maneuvers) into 21 map sets or "action-sections" enriched with 124 original full-page color maps. These spectacular cartographic creations bore down to the regimental and battery level. The Maps of Antietam includes the march into Maryland, the Harper's Ferryoperation, the Battle of South Mountain (Fox's Gap, Turner's Gap, and Crampton's Gap), operations in PleasantValley, the Confederate withdrawal to Sharpsburg, the Battle of Antietam, the retreat across the Potomac River, and the sharp fighting at Shepherdstown. Click here for more information: and here to watch the book trailer:

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Interesting Quotations

I went to my public library today, and I picked up a couple book,of course all Civil War books,but the one that I starting looking at first was "The Oxford Dictionary of Civil War Quotations." The book is set up wonderfully. It has a name, and the Civil War quotations that they said, and underneath the quotation, there was a sentence of when the quotation was said or wrote, compared to a major event during the Civil War era. Let's start with a couple of my most favorite quotes from the beloved President, Abraham Lincoln.

(A little fact, Abraham Lincoln did not like his first name, so in most letters that he wrote, he would sign his name, A. Lincoln)

This is the Signature that Abraham Lincoln would use, when he signed, Informal documents.

1. "Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature-opposition to it in his love of justice. These principles are an enternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow."

             ~Speech in Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854

2. "I do not stand today pledged to the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia."

             ~Speech in Freeport, Illinois, August 27, 1858

3. "To the best of my judgement I have labored for the, and not against, the Union."
              ~Speech at Springfield, Illinois, October 29, 1858

After I examine some other quotations, I will post them.

This is the Front cover of the Book.