Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn

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Captain John Downs Inskeep
Enlisted September 2, 1861
Company C of the 17th Ohio Volunteer Infantry​

Excerpt from his diary

Camp at Somerset, Kentucky, December 31, 1861

Dear friends at home,

The old year has drawn to a close and it is fitting we should glance over the vista of the past and review our conduct and actions and the motives which prompted them; measure them with the rules of right and justice, our duty to ourselves, our fellows, our country and our God.

Look at the unhappy condition of our country and think how much grief and suffering would have been avoided if all of those high in power and influence had squared their conduct by these simple rules – yet they are of universal application – to high, low, rich, and poor and equally obligatory on all.

Remember “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn”. ....


When he wrote this, John had only experienced a minor engagement at what is called the Battle of Camp Wildcat. He did not know, that in the next few years, fate would send him into such battles as Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Sherman’s March to the Sea. He survived the war and lived until 1909.

Transcription courtesy Tyler Hall for Perry Township

As the M*A*S*H character Colonel Potter stated - "Here's to the New Year. May she be a **** sight better than the old one, and may we all be home before she's over."

May 2001 be a Happy New Year - for us all. And may it bring you health and peace.
 

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Look at the unhappy condition of our country and think how much grief and suffering would have been avoided if all of those high in power and influence had squared their conduct by these simple rules

A great excerpt -- thanks for sharing this. When I first starting reading it, I hadn't noted the 1861 date. Ironic that he still had more than three years to go!

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"The old year has drawn to a close and it is fitting we should glance over the vista of the past and review our conduct and actions and the motives which prompted them; measure them with the rules of right and justice, our duty to ourselves, our fellows, our country and our God.

Look at the unhappy condition of our country and think how much grief and suffering would have been avoided if all of those high in power and influence had squared their conduct by these simple rules – yet they are of universal application – to high, low, rich, and poor and equally obligatory on all.'

'Remember “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn”. ....

What a remarkably wise man he was.
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