My friends you want a speech, but I cannot make one at this time. I must have opportunity to think. Undue importance might be given to what I said. However, there is one thing I will do. You have a band with you. There's one piece of music I've always liked. Heretofore, it hasn't seemed the proper thing to use it in the North. But now by virtue of my prerogative as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Army and Navy, I declare it contraband of war and our lawful prize. I ask the band to play "Dixie."
Nunnally Johnson (1897–1977), U.S. screenwriter, Patrick Ford, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Abraham Lincoln (Frank McGlynn, Sr.), The Prisoner of Shark Island, addressing a cheering crowd that is celebrating the end of the Civil War (1936).