"I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women; but I must say
that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the
world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not
do them justice for their conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God
bless the women of America!"
Source: March 18, 1864 – Remarks at Closing of Sanitary Fair, Washington D.C.