National Affairs: As Lincoln Said . . .

The President talked a good war when he got back to Washington after his talks with Churchill.

Opening Volume I of Carl Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln: The War Years to page 553, he read the assembled newspapermen what the Emancipator said to Mary Livermore, the Civil War reformer and social worker who visited him for a word of cheer and comfort after one of the war's bloodiest battles, Antietam:

"I have no word of encouragement to give. The military situation is far from bright; and the country knows it as well as I do. ....

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