This War is Ours


“In the course of this war our eyes have been often turned abroad. We have expected sometimes recognition and sometimes intervention at the hands of foreign nations, and we had a right to expect it. Never before, in the history of the world, had a people for so long a time maintained their ground, and shown themselves capable of maintaining their national existence, without securing the recognition of commercial nations.

I know not why this has been so, but this I say, “Put not your trust in princes,” and rest not your hopes on foreign nations. This war is ours; we must fight it out ourselves; and I feel some pride in knowing that, so far, we have done it without the good-will of any body.”

(Jefferson Davis, addressing the Mississippi Legislature, December 1862, Alfriend, page 432)