From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
The First major battle of the Civil War took place at the Virginia rail junction of Manassas near a stream called Bull Run a few miles outside of Washington D. C. It was fought against the advice of Lincoln’s generals who said their troops were not ready; Lincoln overruled them, saying, ‘they are green, it is true, but so are the enemy. They are all green alike.’
'It sometimes becomes necessary to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. True, you’re only walking so not making good time; also, there's no view from the valley floor and therefore little in the way of perspective; and of course the death part is enough to terrify anybody. But keep a cool head - after all, the valley of the shadow of death isn't the valley of death, is it?'
- Arnold Kunst