Monday, June 01, 2015

”Fighting and destruction are terrible

”Fighting and destruction are terrible, but are sometimes agencies of heavenly rather than hellish powers.  In the privation and sufferings endured as well as in the strenuous action of battle, some of the highest qualities of manhood are called forth – courage, self-command, sacrifice of self for the sake of something held higher – where we take it chivalry finds its value.” Who would have guts enough to write this?  Answer: an educated Professor, an oft wounded Civil War fighting officer,  Joshua Chamberlain who lived to 85, an example of a heroic warrior.