Quote of the Day May 23, 2012

Secretary of War Edwin Stanton

“get the machinery of the office working, the rats cleaned out, and the rat holes stopped we shall move.  This army has to fight or run away; while men are striving nobly in the West, the champagne and oysters on the Potomac must be stopped.” Edwin Stanton to Charles Dana describing his actions on taking over as Secretary of War, January 24m 1862. From How the North Won by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones. Urbana:  University of Illinois Press 1983 page 92. Originally from Recollections of the Civil War by Charles A. Dana. New York: 1898, page 4.