An army is power
Dear Lord, This is your day, and you ahve admonished us to keep it holy. If it is your will let me fight this day, then your will be done. I ask your protection over Ann, your faithful servant, my loving wife. I ask you to shine your face down upon her, Lord, on her 30th birthday, and to fill her heart with the conviction of how much she is loved and missed by her husband. Dear Lord, you have called me to this place, to this hour, far from my home and my loved ones, but I know it is your will that leads me here. If it is you will that we fight today, I am ready, Lord. Thy will be done. It is your sword I will wield into battle, your banner I will raise against those who would desecrate our land. And if it is my time to be with you, Lord, then I come to you with all the joy in me heart. Amen.
–The prayer of Colonel Jackson at Bull Run Creek:
Hail, Ceaser, we who are about to die salute you.
How swiftly Ceasar had surmounted the icy Alps and in his mind conceived immense upheavals, coming war. When he reashed the water of the little Rubicon, clearly to the leader through the murky night appeared a mighty image of his country in distress, grief in her face, her white hair streaming from her tower-crowned head. With tresses torn and shoulders bare, she stood before him and sighing, said: ‘Where further do you march? Where do you take my standards, warriors? If lawfully you come, af as citizens, this far only is allwed.’ Then trembling struck the leader’s limbs. His hair grew stiff and weakness checked his progress, holding his feet at the rivers edge. At last he speaks. ‘Oh thunderer, surveying great Rome’s walls from the Tarpeian rock, oh Phyygian house of gods of Iulus clan and mysteries of Quirinus who was carried off to heavens. Oh, Jupiter of Latium, seated in lofty Alba and hearths of Vesta. Oh Rome equal to the hishest deity, favor my plans. Not with impious weapons do I persue you. Here am i Ceasar, conqueror of land and sea your own soldier everywhere now, too, if I am permitted. The man who makes me your enemy, it is he will be the guilty one.’ Then he broke the barriers of war and through the swollen river swiftly took his standards. When Ceasar crossed the flood and reached the opposite bank from Hesperia’s forbidden fields, he took his stand and said: ‘Here, I anadoned peaces and desecrated law. fortune, it is you I follow. Farewell to treaties. From now on, war is out judge.’ Hail Cearsar. We who are about to die salute you.
(all my quotes are orignal, nothing rephrased)
It is well that war is so terrible, that we should grow too fond of it.
It is well that war is terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.
Soldier: Sir the day is going against us!
Stonewall: Well sir, if you think that than you had better not say anything about it!
That’s it, step lively. Two at a time. As quickly as you can. No dilly, no dally. One foot forward, then the other. nothing pretty, nothing fancy. Into the train, do it lovely, do it ugly, all the same to me…
Throughour the broad extent of the country through which you have marched. By your respect for the rights and property of others you have always shown you are soldiers, not only to defend, but abel and willing both to defend and protect. You’ve already won a brilliant reputation throughout the whole army of the whole confederacy. And I trust in the future by your deeds in the field, and by the assistanct of the same kind providence who was here hitherto favoured our cause, you will win more victories and add luster to the reputation you now enjoy. You already gained a proud position in the future history of this, our second war of independence. I shall look with anxiety to your future movements, and I trust whenever I shall hear of the First Brigade on the field of battle it will be of still nobler deeds achieved and higher reputation won. In the army of the shenandoah, you were the First Brigade. In the army of the Potomac, you were the First Brigade. In the Second Corps of the Army you are the First Brigade. You are the First Brigade in the affections of your general. And I hope by your future deeds and bearing you will be handed down to posterity as the First Brigade in this our second war of independence. Godspeed!
Turn Jacksons lines? No, general, we’ll meet them head on. And it will be a bloody mess. We’ll march up the that hill over there and we’ll eath their artillery fire all the way across this field. But the important this is, we’ll be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and say: ‘We’re good soldiers. We did what we were told.’ And it we’re not successful we can say, ‘It was a good plan, but there were contingencies.’ And you, general, can go back to your hometown and tell your familiesd of your men they died doing their duty… That wily gray fox has outmaneuvered our command again. And there’s going to be hell to pay.
Yankee soldier: Have you got a lame horse?
Rebel picket: What would you be willing to trade for a lame horse?
Yankee soldier: Would you take General Burnside?
Rebel picket:(laughs)No, I guess I’ll keep the horsehide.
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