The Oxford Dictionary of Civil War Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Civil War Quotations

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Lincoln said his speech was a "flat failure" and was sure the people of Gettysburg were disappointed. US private Warren Lee Goss was bold in his early declarations of war but trembled at the recruiting office. Lee proclaimed against slavery, and Mary Todd Lincoln thought herself a better general than U.S. Grant. With thousands of lines of commentary from simple folk living through war and complex folk causing it, journalist Wright describes the war of brother against brother as a conflict of individuals, then states, then theories. His quotations from Lincoln are particularly well-chosen, with the president's sharp wit and poignant gift of prophecy both intact, and many entries are surprising in their content (Sherman's expressions of sympathy for the trials of the people of the South come to mind) and eloquence. The quotations are arranged by source, but Wright supplies an effective and concise index of topics. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
This Dictionary is the definitive book of quotations about America's bloodiest war, encompassing quotations not only from presidents, generals, and soldiers, but also from freed slaves, wives and daughters of both the Union and the Confederacy, journalists, diarists, and poets. Taken from both Civil War-era and modern sources, these quotations provide a multifaceted picture of the most tumultuous time in our nation's history.

Oxford University Press
A definitive book of quotations with comments not only from generals (such as General Sherman's "War is hell,") and presidents (Lincoln's description of army recruitment/retention as "trying to shovel fleas. You take up a shovelful, but before you can dump them anywhere, they are gone,") but also from ordinary soldiers (Sam R. Watkins' "A private soldier is but an automator, a machine that works by the command of a good, bad, or indifferent engineer, and is presumed to know nothing of all these great events,") and quotes from businessmen, wives and daughters (such as Southerner Sarah Morgan's comment about Northern newspapers "There must be many humane, reasonable men in the North, can they not teach their Editors decency in this their hour of triumph") nurses, African Americans (both enslaved and free, such as John S. Rock, a lawyer in Boston), foreign observers (such as William Howard Russell), and many others, this work will also include more contextual information than other books of Civil War quotations.
Organized by topic and collecting quotations from people from different classes and with different perspectives on the conflict, The Oxford Book of Civil War Quotations should engage the casual reader as well as be an essential volume for the library of Civil War buffs. Thirty-five halftones will illustrate selected topics and individuals.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780195162967
Branch Call Number: 973.7 OXFOR
Characteristics: viii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wright, John D. 1938-


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