"[Lincoln] always showed a generous and kindly spirit toward the Southern people and I never heard him abuse an enemy. Some of the cruel things said about President Lincoln, particularly in the North, used to pierce him in the heart."
~ General Ulysses S. Grant
Gray ghosts were blockade runners that used smokeless coal in their boilers and feathered paddles to help keep them from being noticed by the Union lookouts.
"Tonight is a frolicsome time with our negroes. Caroline married Larkin Gabrell's Clay. The couple with attendants and candle holders come out in front of the back piazza and Big George tied the knot. His ceremny was short. He seemed much embarassed, spoke rapidly. But when the knot was tied the party marched back to Eliza's house, and frolic was the order of the day. Thompson acted as master of ceremonies. The negro men and women were all dressed in their best and all seem to be enjoying themselves hugely."
~ Excerpt from the May 28, 1864,
diary entry of Samuel Andrew Agnew,
a Lee County, Mississippi, preacher