Europe may think — some of us may — that we are fighting for forms and parchments, for sovereignty and a flag.
But really, the war is one of opinion; it is Civilization against Barbarism — it is Freedom against Slavery.
The cannon shots against Fort Sumter was the yell of pirates against the Declaration of Independence: the war-cry of the North is its echo.
The South, defying Christianity, clutches its victim.
The North offers its wealth and blood in glad atonement for the selfishness of seventy years. The result is as sure as the Throne of God.
I believe in the possibility of Justice, in the certainty of Union.
Years hence, when the smoke of this conflict clears away, the world will see under our banner all tongues, all creeds, all races--one brotherhood; and on the banks of the Potomac, the Genius of Liberty, robed in light, four and thirty stars for her diadem, broken chains under her feet, and an olive branch in her right hand.
(Great applause.)--N. Y. Times, April 28