8" X 11"
"You say you will not fight
to free Negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you.
When victory is won there will be some black men who can remember
that, with silent tongue and clenched teeth, and steady eye
and well-poised bayonet, they have helped mankind on to this
great consummation; while, I fear, there will be some white
ones, unable to forget that with malignant heart and deceitful
speech, they strove to hinder it."
As I worked and researched the Civil
War monument, I found myself focused not so much on the technical
aspects of war or the individual order and details of each
battle, but on the histories and personal stories that reflect
much of the pain and anguish experienced by a great nation
divided and in turmoil. I read accounts and comments by military
leaders, historians and the transcribed words of colored
men who had also laid their lives on the line in less than