Elizabeth Blair Lee


Elizabeth Blair Lee Quotes

  • ''Surely tis by faith we are upheld thro such trials—justice will be meted in time to those who fill soft places and malign men who perform heroic duties—''
    Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated August 6, 1864 (1991). Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War, and this was written in a letter to him.
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  • ''The Sound of battle fell upon my ear & heart all day yesterday—even after dark the cannon's insatiate roar continued ...''
    Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated October 15, 1863 (1991). Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War.
  • ''The President's proclamation took the breath out of me this morning. He is in the hands of the Phillistines [sic] ...''
    Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated September 23, 1862 (1991). Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War, and she wrote this in a letter to him. She was referring to President Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which he had issued the day before. It declared free, as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in those areas that were still fighting the Union.

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