Lincoln Quotes

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12/06/1864 In my opinion, the Religion that sets men to rebel and fight against their government, because, as they think, that government does not sufficiently help some men to eat their bread on the sweat of other men's faces, is not the sort of Religion upon which people can get to heaven!'' Topics: Slavery, Religion
12/06/1864 It is a subject of congratulation and laudable pride to our countrymen that a navy of such vast proportions has been organized in so brief a period, and conducted with so much efficiency and success. Topics: Leadership
12/06/1864 Between him [Jefferson Davis] and us the issue is distinct, simple, and inflexible. It is an issue which can only be tried by war, and decided by victory. Topics: Civil War
12/12/1864 it is a worthy object to again get Louisiana into proper practical relations with the nation; and we can never finish this, if we never begin it. Topics: Politics
12/14/1864 I think a man who offers to volunteer and is rejected, should not afterwards be drafted and forced to serve. Topics: Civil War
12/26/1864 Many, many, thanks for your Christmas gift – the capture of Savannah. Topics: Civil War
12/27/1864 Thoughtful men must feel that the fate of civilization upon this continent is involved in the issue of our contest. Topics: Civil War, Freedom,America
01/05/1865 Time, now that the enemy is wavering, is more important than ever before. Being on the downhill, & somewhat confused, keeping him going. Topics: Civil War
02/01/1865 This [13th] amendment is a King's cure for all the evils. It winds the whole thing up. ... It was the fitting if not indispensable adjunct to the consummation of the great game we are playing. Topics: Slavery
03/04/1865 Both [sides in the war] read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. Topics: Civil War, Religion

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