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Answer to Trivia from the Archives

August, 2010

A. On December 25, 1862 Robert E. Lee wrote the following words to his wife in reference to which 1862 battle?
 
“But what a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbours, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!  I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace… My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.”

Answer: The Battle of Fredericksburg

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B. Democrats nominated this former General in Chief of the Union Army for president on August 29, 1864 to run against Republican incumbent Abraham Lincoln.

Answer: George B. McClellan

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See a Political Cartoon: The Two Platforms- Columbia Makes Her Choice 1864 Election » 

See a Political Cartoon: General Bombshells, the True Peace Candidate; or, the War Path the True One »

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