There are panegyrists of war who say that without a periodical bleeding a race and loses its manhood. Experience is directly opposed to this shameless assertion. It is war that wastes a nation，s wealth ，chokes its industries，kills its flower，narrow its sympathies，condemns it to be governed by adventures，and leaves the puny，deformed，and unmanly to breed the next generation. Internecine war，foreign and civil，brought about the greatest set-back which the life of reason has ever suffered；it exterminated the Greek and Italian aristocracies. Instead of being descended from heroes，modern nations are descended from slaves；and it is not their bodies only that show it.
2.A Scene on the Battlefield Henry W. Grady
A soldier lay wounded on a hard-fought field；the roar of the battle had died away，and he rested in the deadly stillness of its aftermath. Not a sound was heard as he lay there，sorely smitten and speechless，but the shriek of the wounded and the sign of the dying soul，as it escaped from the tumult of earth into the unspeakable peace of the stars. Off over the field flickered the lanterns of the surgeons with litter bearers，searching that they might take away those whose lives could be saved and leave in sorrow those who were doomed to die with pleading eyes though the darkness. This poor soldier watched，unable to turn or speak as the lanterns grew near. At last the light flashed in his face，and the surgeon，with kindly face，bent over him，hesitated a moment，shook his head，and was gone，leaving the poor fellow alone with death. He watched in patient agony as they went on from one part of the filed to another.