"After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South. "
Sam Houston, calling it like it was (something I must admit even as a Southerner), April 19, 1861
"It's this deep, sir".
Captain Custer (Yes, that one) upon having waded out into a river after getting tired of McClellan musing whether it could be forded or not.
As Union Troops routed at Harrisburg
Banks: Stop, men! Don't you love your country?
Private: We do, by God, and we're trying to get back to it as quick as possible!
"Why, we shall soon hear that Jefferson Davis has crossed the Long Bridge at the head of a brigade of elephants!"
"I'll officer you!"
-N.B. Forrest to a Junior officer refusing to help with manual labor and immediately preceeding an epic smackdown
"I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it."
-General Pickett on why the charge on the third day at Gettysburg failed.
"Now therefore, I Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and in their name do pronounce and declare the said Benjamin F. Butler to be a felon deserving of capital punishment. I do order that he be no longer considered or treated simply as a public enemy of the Confederate States of America but as an outlaw and common enemy of mankind, and that in the event of his capture the officer in command of the capturing force do cause him to be immediately executed by hanging; and I do further order that no commissioned officer of the United States taken captive shall be released on parole before exchange until the said Butler shall have met with due punishment for his crimes.
And whereas the hostilities waged against this Confederacy by the forces of the United States under the command of said Benjamin F. Butler have borne no resemblance to such warfare as is alone permissible by the rules of international law or the usages of civilization but have been characterized by repeated atrocities and outrages, among the large number of which the following may be cited as examples:
Peaceful and aged citizens, unresisting captives and non-combatants, have been confined at hard labor with balls and chains attached to their limbs, and are still so held in dungeons and fortresses. Others have been subjected to a like degrading punishment for selling medicines to the sick soldiers of the Confederacy.
The soldiers of the United States have been invited and encouraged by general orders to insult and outrage the wives, the mothers and the sisters of our citizens.
Helpless women have been torn from their homes and subjected to solitary confinement, some in fortresses and prisons and one especially on an island of barren sand under a tropical sun; have been fed with loathsome rations that had been condemned as unfit for soldiers, and have been exposed to the vilest insults.
Prisoners of war who surrendered to the naval forces of the United States on agreement that they should be released on parole have been seized and kept in close confinement.
Repeated pretexts have been sought or invented for plundering the inhabitants of the captured city by fines levied and exacted under threat of imprisoning recusants at hard labor with ball and chain.
The entire population of the city of New Orleans have been forced to elect between starvation, by the confiscation of all their property, and taking an oath against conscience to bear allegiance to the invaders of their country.
Egress from the city has been refused to those whose fortitude withstood the test, even to lone and aged women and to helpless children; and after being ejected from their homes and robbed of their property they have been left to starve in the streets or subsist on charity........"
Jefferson Davis, General Order 111 regarding Major General Benjamin "The Beast" "Spoons" Butler.
"If I killed all the reporters, there'd be news from Hell before breakfast."
-William Tecumseh Sherman
"one of the knightliest soldiers of the Federal Army."
General Gordon ('s ALIVE!) on Maj. General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
"The Army of Northern Virginia was yet far distant, and I had failed to convince its distinguished commander of the fact that I was then fighting Grant's whole army with less than eleven thousand men."
General P.G.T. Bo on holding off 62,000 Federals with 11,000 old men and young boys at Second Petersburg whilst Lee remained convinced the AotP was north of the Rappahannock.
"If he had a million men he would swear the enemy has two millions, and then he would sit down in the mud and yell for three."
War Secretary Stanton on General McClellan
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