Quote of the Day March 30, 2012

Clara Barton

“but when she did speak she could tell more facts to the point with no possibility of misunderstanding than any person I have ever known.”  Julian Hubbel describes her friend and confidante Clara Barton.  From Reading the Man – A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor. New York:  Penguin Group, 2007. Page 47.


Quote of the Day March 16, 2012

“The smoke rolled backward to the mountains in their rear, but their destructive shot and shell were falling, it would appear on every foot of land behind us. I doubt not that at one time there was one piece of artillery firing at the hill to every five men we had defending it.” Lieutenant William Wood of the 19th Virginia describes the effect of Union artillery at Antietam. Found in  Grape and Canister – The Story of the Field Artillery of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865 (Second Edition) by L. VanLoan Naisawald. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole, 1999 page 159. Originally from Reminiscences of Big I by William N. Wood, Willey I. Bell editor.  Jackson TN: McCowark-Mercer Press, 1956 page 38.

Quote of the Day March 15, 2012

The view that Miller's Battery had in the Piper Orchard looking north into the Sunken Road

“that little battery [Miller’s 3d Co Washington Artillery] shot harder and faster, as though it realized that it was to hold thousands of Federals at bay or the battle was lost.” James Longstreet describing the battery in the Piper Orchard that his staff temporarily manned.  Found in Until Antietam The Life and Letters of Major General Israel B. Richardson, U.S. Army by Jack Mason.  Carbondale IL:  Southern Illinois Press, 2009 page 186. Originally from “The Invasion of Maryland,” by James Longstreet in Robert U. Johnson and Clarence C. Buell, eds., Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, New York:  Century, 1887-88.

Quote of the Day March 13, 2012

Henry J. Hunt

“If I remember aright the much quoted and much admired expression of a great writer was, that “the condition of a soldier should be one of honorable poverty.” This is true enough, I hope however in applying it to our case the adjective will not be lost sight of.” Lieutenant Henry Hunt, future artillery commander of the Army of the Potomac in a March 11, 1844 letter to his mentor and friend James Duncan bemoaning a push by Congress to cut the pay of officers in the Regular Army. Found in The Man Behind the Guns A Military Biography of General Henry J. Hunt, Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac by Edward G. Longacre. New York: DeCapo Press, 2003, page 42.  Originally from HJH to Lt James Duncan, Mar 11, 1844, Duncan Papers, USMA-L.

Quote of the Day March 12, 2012

Alfred Sully

“He was, we understood a regular and came direct from active service in the West. He did not attempt to ‘put on any style’; there was no effort to display and self-assertion; he gave but few orders, and they were in as few words as possible and in but an ordinary, commonplace way. Of course he was talked over and judgement passed on him, and long before night,  I heard several assertions to the effect that “he would do,” but I am inclined to think that most of the boys felt like reserving their opinions until better acquainted.” Sergeant James Wright of the First Minnesota Infantry recalls the arrival of the new regimental commander Alfred Sully in March of 1862.  Found in No More Gallant a Deed – Civil War Memoir of the First Minnesota Volunteers. By James A. Wright. Edited by Steven J. Keillor. St Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2001, page 104.

New Quotes

New York Monuments

Over the holidays I have added a bunch of new quotes specifically about the Battle of Antietam.  There are new categories like The Night Before the BattleNicodemus Heights, Hauser’s Ridge, The Sixth Corps, Early Afternoon, and Final Attack as well as a significant number of new quotes in the other categories.  I also added new categories of quotes under the Maryland Campaign on such themes as Diplomacy, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Special Order 191.  Check them out.

“Head and shoulders above every man”

Winfield Scott

Robert E. Lee used these words to describe his mentor Brevet Lieutenant General Winfield Scott in a letter to Carter Lee on February 13, 1848.  See more quotes by and about one of the greatest military leaders in American history here.