Rutherford B. Hayes Quote
The sacred obligation to the Union soldiers must not — will not be forgotten nor neglected.... But those who fought against the Nation cannot and do not look to it for relief.... Confederate soldiers and their descendants are to share with us and our descendants the destiny of America. Whatever, therefore, we their fellow citizens can do to remove burdens from their shoulders and to brighten their lives is surely in the pathway of humanity and patriotism.
Letter to Oliver Downing (15 March 1889) - Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1922 - 1926)