The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
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Source Notes: Source: HORACE GREELEY, Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 7879 . He is referring to the Civil War.
Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811 November 29, 1872) was an American newspaper editor, reformer and politician. His New York Tribune was the most influential newspaper of the period 1840-1870. Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties.