Lisa's Reviews > A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861

A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

"In one week, he inherits the trouble of this great, unhappy country. In one week, the responsibility will be his- whether we come together again as a Union, or fall entirely to pieces. And here we sit, in Delaware, on the border between North and the South, half the state holding slaves, half the state opposed to the practice. i do not envy our President-Elect. It is in his hands to hold a whole country together or watch it fall apart. My hands are calloused and strong from rowing and working the ropes, from lifting and carrying barrels of oil and scrubbing stones floors and spiral stairs, but I do not know if they are strong enough to hold Mother and Father together.
Mr. Lincoln's hands... they must be a thousand times stronger than mine.Please God, give Mr. Lincoln strong hands."
Lincoln asked "designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion." 620,00 lives lost

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