“Lieutenant Welsh remembered walking around among the sleeping men, and thinking to himself that ‘they had looked at and smelled death all around them all day but never even dreamed of applying the term to themselves. They hadn’t come here to fear. They hadn’t come to die. They had come to win.” ~ Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne
And this from the man who commanded the D-Day invasion:
From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained. Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
And, in unrelated news, I'll soon address some rather misleading comments made about Stonewall Jackson's black Sunday school class.