Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success." Quote by Henry David Thoreau




Saturday, February 18, 2012

From Diane's Antique Book Collection

The following excerpt is from a published narrative by a woman who volunteered, during the American Civil War 1861-1865.


The spirit of 1861 - THE AGONY OF THE NORTH

"The transition of the country from peace to the tumult and waste of war, was appalling and swift-but the regeneration of its women kept pace with it. They lopped off superfluities, retrenched in expenditures, became deaf to the calls of pleasure, and heeded not the mandates of fashion. The incoming patriotism of the hour swept them to the loftiest height of devotion, and they were eager to do, to bear, or to suffer, for the beloved country. The fetters of caste and conventionalism dropped at their feet, and they sat together, patrician and plebeian, Protestant and Catholic, and scraped lint, and rolled bandages, or made garments for the poorly clad soldiery."

Liver, Mary A., MY STORY OF THE WAR: A WOMAN'S NARRATIVE, Connecticut, A.D. Worthington and Company, 1889  


A visit to the Professor . . . A Few Hints to Writers

"The literature in which bad spelling is a substitute for humor has greatly injured the language. In this, Thackeray and Professor Lowell, both highly educated men, have much to answer for. It is possible to write in a familiar manner without running into vulgarity, and we should be glad to see our young writers aim at the perspicuous expression, and eschew the abomination, so full of pretence of "fine writing" - for nothing is harder reading."

Campbell, A. J., A TRUE FRIEND, REFLECTIONS ON LIFE, CHARACTER AND CONDUCT. A COLLECTION., Ohio, Published by A. J. Campbell, 1880

Sunday, February 12, 2012

President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday: February 12, 1809 - Died April 15, 1865

A few of President Lincoln’s quotes:
 To the voters of the Seventh Congressional District on the charge that he was an “open scoffer” at religion. July 31, 1846. ‘That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.”

Note on labor. September 17, 1859. “Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful.”

Remarks to the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, November 1862. “So this is the little lady who made this big war? Whichever way it ends, I have the impression that I shan’t last long after it’s over.”

Remark to one of President Lincoln’s generals. No date. “Doesn’t it strike you as queer that I, who couldn’t cut the head off of a chicken, and who was sick at the sight of blood, should be cast into the middle of a great war, with blood flowing all about me?”

Letter to Henry Hoffman, October 10, 1864. "I wish all men to be free. I wish the material prosperity of the already free which I feel sure the extinction of slavery would bring. I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war.”

Source: Blaisdell, Bob, THE WIT AND WISDOM OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, New York, Dover Publications, 2005