It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. [exerpt for Gettysburg Address]
Exhibit: November 7 – December 2, 2011
The Samford University Library invites you to remember the American Civil War and the lives that were changed thru an exhibit open to the public featuring historical documents, journals, letters and photos.
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To dissolve the Union between the State of Alabama and other states united under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America." [...] Done by the People of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, at Montgomery, on the Eleventh day of January, A.D. 1861.
Lucy Rebecca Buck (1842-1918)
She began a diary on Christmas Day, 1861, that describes the Civil War and its effect on the Buck families.
[Photograph, William Buck Collection]
The Battle of Gettysburg
On July 1 1863, the most famous battle of the Civil War began in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In three days, the total casualties rose to over 6,000 dead and more than 45,000 wounded and missing.
[Lithographic print of the battle by Kurz and Allison, 1884]