THE CIVIL WAR and its aftermath have defined much of American history, what we are, and what we aspire to be. This epic conflict saw untold gallantry and heroism throughout its long days from both Blue and Gray. It was so brutal that one in five soldiers perished. At the Battle of Cold Harbor, taken from the body of a young soldier was a blood stained diary with its final entry, “I am killed”. Saddled with the war’s great burdens, it is said that Abraham Lincoln openly wept when he read the closing lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, "The Republic The Building of the Ship."
Our hearts, our hopes, and all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee, - are all with thee!