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1864 July 4: Strengthen Our Patience and Resolve to Never Doubt or Falter

July 4, 2014

The following editorial on the 4th of July is from the July 2, 1864, Prescott Journal.

P A T I E N C E .

Again we stand upon the threshold of the Nation’s natal day.  That day which beamed so gloriously upon our arms one year ago, brought with it the hope that another “FOURTH” might find the Rebellion vanquished—the Republic entire—the Nation united and free.

That hope is yet unfulfilled.  The agonizing prayer of the Nation for a Peace born of victory and hallowed by justice, is yet unanswered.

Still the stupendous struggle goes on.  Still are marshalled [sic] the mighty armies of the Union with banners battle-torn, with shrunken columns, but invincible in their determination to uphold Freedom, and Government, and Law, at whatever cost.

What we at home need, is patience.—We need fortitude to bear the inseperable [sic] losses of war, and that clear comprehension of the vast interests at stake, which shall make no sacrifice seem too great, no burden too heavy, so that the end be obtained.  We need to gather courage from the heroic example of our living soldiers, and inspiration from the sacred memory of the dead.

Battle Monument, U.S. Military Academy, from the Library of Congress

Battle Monument, U.S. Military Academy, from the Library of Congress²

Thinking of those who have so freely given their lives for the Land they love, let us say with Gen. McCLELLAN [George B. McClellan] :¹

“Shall it be said in after ages that we lacked the vigor to complete the work thus begun? That after all these noble lives freely given we hesitated and failed to keep straight on until our land was saved. Forbid it, Heaven, and give us firmer, truer hearts than that.

Oh, spirits of the valiant dead, souls of our slain heroes, lend us your indomitable will, and if it be permitted you to commune with those still chattled by the trammels of mortality, hover around us in the midst of danger and tribulation—cheer the firm, strenthen [sic] the weak, that none may doubt the salvation of the Republic, after the triumph of our grand old flag.”

Let us adopt the spirit of that patriotic invocation and dedicate this birth day of the Nation to the strengthning of our patience, and the fixing of the firm resolve never to doubt or falter, till the great work of subduing the Rebellion and establishing free government is accomplished.²

“GOD bless our native land ;
Firm may she ever stand,
.Through storm and night.
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave.
Do thou our country save.
.By thy great might.”

1.  At the dedication on June 15, 1864, of the site for a proposed battle monument at West Point to the memory of the officers and privates of the regular army who had fallen in the war for the Union.
2.  The completed battle monument was dedicated in 1897. This image was created by the Detroit Photographic Company and was copyrighted 1901. A digital version is available from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

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