Mr. Blair, I look upon secession as anarchy. If I owned the four millions of slaves in the South, I would sacrifice them all to the Union; but how can I draw my sword upon Virginia, my native State?— Robert E. Lee
Revolutionary American Civil War quotations
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
With all my devotion to the Union, and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relative, my children, my home. I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the Army.
I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
I am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.
Instead of friends, I see in Washington only mortal enemies.
Instead of loving the old flag of the stars and stripes, I see in it only the symbol of murder, plunder, oppression, and shame.
Before the war it was always the United States *are*, after the war it was the United States is... it made us an is.
Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.
**** the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
There are more African Americans under correctional control, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850 a decade before the civil war began.
We can make war so terrible and make them so sick of war that generations pass away before they again appeal to it.
It's hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind.
You're at your best when you don't know what you're doing.
You people of the South don't know what you are doing.
This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end.
When you don't know what you're doing, fake it.
Be selective in your battles, don't make every problem a war.
Its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery . . . is his natural and normal condition.
War means fighting, and fighting means killing.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes.
As a Southerner I would have to say that one of the main importances of the War is that Southerners have a sense of defeat which none of the rest of the country has.
My plans are perfect, and when I start to carry them out, may God have mercy on Bobby Lee, for I shall have none.
They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...
Thousands of tired, never-shaken, over civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home, that wilderness is a necessity.
Terrorists in 6 weeks have been able to command 300 million North Americans to do away with the entirety of their civil liberties that took 700 years to advance from the Magna Carta onward. The terrorists have already won the political and ideological war with one terrorist act. It is mindboggling that we are that weak as a society.
We are Americans, speaking the same language, adopting the same customs, holding the same general opinions... and shall rise and fall with Americans.
You mistake, too, the people of the North.
They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight, too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it. Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them?
Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.
The Civil War was fought in 10,000 places, from Valverde, New Mexico, and Tullahoma, Tennessee, to St. Albans, Vermont, and Fernandina on the Florida coast. More than 3 million Americans fought in it, and over 600,000 men, 2 percent of the population, died in it.
If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell.
Be assured, he is not an ordinary man.
Be selective in your battles, dont make every problem a war.
I have never in my life taken a command into battle and had the slightest desire to come out alive unless I won.
Know what you're talking about.
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
We are scattered, stunned; the remnant of heart left alive is filled with brotherly hate... Whose fault? Everybody blamed somebody else. Only the dead heroes left stiff and stark on the battlefield escape.
I would rather be assassinated than see a single star removed from the American flag.
I always shoot at privates. It was they who did the shooting and killing, and if I could kill a wound a private, why, my chances were so much the better. I always looked upon officers as harmless personages.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
Quit thinking about what Bobby Lee's gonna do to us and start thinking about what we're going to do to him.
There are those who would keep us slipping back into the darkness of division, into the snake pit of racial hatred, of racial antagonism and of support for symbols of the struggle to keep African-Americans in bondage.
The pageant has passed. That day is over. But we linger, loath to think we shall see them no more together - these men, these horses, these colors afield.