Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings Part 2: 1859-1865: Library of America #46
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Abraham Lincoln was the greatest writer of the Civil War as well as its greatest political leader. His clear, beautiful, and at times uncompromisingly severe language forever shaped the nation’s
understanding of its most terrible conflict. This volume, along with its companion, Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832–1858, comprises the most comprehensive selection ever published. Over 550 speeches, messages, proclamations, letters, and other writings—including the Inaugural and Gettysburg addresses and the moving condolence letter to Mrs. Bixby—record the words and deeds with which Lincoln defended, preserved, and redefined the Union.
power, combined with a fine intellect, an indomitable energy, and a taste altogether military, constituted in him, as seemed to me, the best natural talent, in that department, I ever knew. And yet he was singularly modest and deferential in social intercourse. My acquaintance with him began less than two years ago; yet through the latter half of the intervening period, it was as intimate as the disparity of our ages, and my engrossing engagements, would permit. To me, he appeared to have no
leave Banks at Mannassas Junction; but when that arrangement was broken up, and nothing was substituted for it, of course I was not satisfied. I was constrained to substitute something for it myself. And now allow me to ask “Do you really think I should permit the line from Richmond, via Mannassas Junction, to this city to be entirely open, except what resistance could be presented by less than twenty thousand unorganized troops?” This is a question which the country will not allow me to evade.
gratitude to Almighty God. The condition of our foreign affairs is reasonably satisfactory. Mexico continues to be a theatre of civil war. While our political relations with that country have undergone no change, we have, at the same time, strictly maintained neutrality between the belligerents. At the request of the states of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, a competent engineer has been authorized to make a survey of the river San Juan and the port of San Juan. It is a source of much satisfaction
B. McClellan] After the battle of Gaines Mill on June 27, McClellan sent another bitter dispatch to the War Department absolving himself of all blame and lodging it with the administration. “I have lost this battle because my force was too small,” he declared. 338.1 To Union Governors] Although written primarily to New York’s Governor Edwin D. Morgan, this letter was telegraphed to the other governors as well. 339.10 two despatches] McClellan reported completion of his withdrawal to a base on
Wharton: Novellas and Other Writings 48. William Faulkner: Novels 1936–1940 49. Willa Cather: Later Novels 50. Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters 51. William Tecumseh Sherman: Memoirs 52. Washington Irving: Bracebridge Hall, Tales of a Traveller, The Alhambra 53. Francis Parkman: The Oregon Trail, The Conspiracy of Pontiac 54. James Fenimore Cooper: Sea Tales: The Pilot, The Red Rover 55. Richard Wright: Early Works 56. Richard Wright: Later Works 57. Willa Cather: Stories,