Well, what are you going to do about it?
You can never conquer us, we will die first.
Sir, I am no sycophant or worshipper of power anywhere.
The humiliation of the North is complete and overwhelming.
But, sir, I shall take the path of duty and shall not swerve from it.
As a Senator I am opposed to duelling. As Ben. Wade, I recognize the code.
I am amazed at the facility with which some men follow in the wake of slavery.
I am not unaware how unpopular on this floor are the sentiments I am about to advocate.
I may fall here in the Senate chamber, but I will. never make any compromise with any such men.
I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted by these considerations to drag men along in the current; but I am not at liberty to travel that road.