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10,198. Eleven southern states formed The Confederacy ... It was the new medium of photography that produced the most compelling images of the Civil War. (Art & Civil War US & Photography) Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of America 1/3, BBC 2011
23,198. There isn’t going to be any war. (South & Civil War US) Gone with the Wind 1939 starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh & Leslie Howard & Olivia de Haviland & Thomas Mitchell & Barbara Mitchell & Evelyn Keyes & Ann Rutherford & George Reeves & Fred Crane & Hattie McDaniel & Alicia Rhett et al, director Victor Fleming, Scarlett
23,204. The war makes the most peculiar widows. (South & Civil War: US) ibid. Rhett to Scarlett
28,496. I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life. (United States & Civil War) Andrew Jackson
28,497. If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell. (United States & Texas & Hell & Civil War US) Philip Henry Sheridan
28,498. War means fighting, and fighting means killing. (United States & War & Civil War) Nathan Bedford Forrest
26,094. War is hell. (War & Civil War & United States) William Tecumseh Sherman
74,794. I intend to make Georgia howl. (Georgia & Civil War US) William Tecumseh Sherman
28,499. 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. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about. War is a terrible thing! 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? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical, and determined people on Earth – right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with. William Tecumseh Sherman, to Professor David F Boyd, cited Shelby Foote, The Civil War
28,500. If they want eternal war, well and good; we accept the issue, and will dispossess them and put our friends in their place. I know thousands and millions of good people who at simple notice would come to North Alabama and accept the elegant houses and plantations there ... Three years ago by a little reflection and patience they could have had a hundred years of peace and prosperity, but they preferred war; very well. Last year they could have saved their slaves, but now it is too late.
... A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences. Many, many peoples with less pertinacity have been wiped out of national existence. (United States & Civil War) William Tecumseh Sherman, letter to Major R M Sawyer 31st January 1864
28,501. I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting – its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers ... it is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated ... that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation. (United States & Civil War & War) William Tecumseh Sherman, letter May 1865
28,521. We cannot change the hearts of the people of the South, but we can make war so terrible that they will realize the fact that however brave and gallant and devoted to their country still they are mortal and should exhaust all peaceful remedies before they fly to war. (United States & Civil War) William Tecumseh Sherman
28,532. My aim was to whip the rebels. To humble their pride, to follow them to the innermost recesses and to make them fear and dread us. War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it. The crueller it is, the sooner it’ll be over. (United States & Civil War) William Tecumseh Sherman
28,554. I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of. And I am willing to sacrifice everything but honour for its preservation. (United States & Civil War) Robert E Lee
28,721. It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it. (United States & Civil War & War) Robert E Lee
28,722. I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them. (United States & Civil War) Robert E Lee
28,502. The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things ... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads. (United States & Civil War) Shelby Foote, The Civil War narrative
28,503. They took it for more than it was, or anyhow for more than it said; the container was greater than the thing contained, and Lincoln became at once what he would remain for them ‘the man who freed the slaves’. He would go down to posterity, not primarily as the Preserver of the Republic – which he was – but as the Great Emancipator, which he was not. (United States & Civil War & Abraham Lincoln) ibid. vol I
28,506. Strategically the South would fight a defensive war, and to her accordingly would proceed all the advantages of the defensive: advantages which had been increasing in ratio to the improvements in modern weapons. A study of the map would show additional difficulties for the North, particularly in the theater lying between the two capitals, where the rivers ran east and west across the line of march, presenting a series of obstacles to the invader. In the West it would be otherwise ... Against this stern demand, southern soldiers would fight in defense of their homes, with all the fervour and desperation accompanying such a position. (United States & Civil War) ibid.
28,514. Whatever truth there might once have been in the Confederate claim that Southerners made better soldiers, or anyhow started from a better scratch because they came directly from life in the open and were familiar with the use of firearms, applied no longer. After six months of army drill, a factory hand was indistinguishable from a farmer. Individually, the Northerners knew, they were at least as tough as any men the South could bring against them, and probably as a whole they were better drilled – except of course the cavalry, since admittedly it took longer to learn to fork a horse in style. McClellan’s men were aware of the changes he had wrought and they were proud of them. (United States & Civil War) ibid.
28,515. In the Battle of Shiloh, Union losses were 1754 killed, 8408 wounded, 2885 captured: total, 13047. Confederate losses were 1723 killed, 8012 wounded, 959 missing: total, 10694. Of the 100,000 soldiers engaged in this first great bloody conflict of the war, approximately one out of every four who had gone in battle had been killed, wounded or captured. (United States & Civil War) ibid.
28,516. Disaster (for the Confederacy) came in various forms this spring, and it moved to various tempos. In the West it came like fireworks, looming after a noisy rush and casting a lurid glow. Whole states, whole armies fell at once or had large segments broken off by the treat of the invader. Kentucky and Missouri, most of Tennessee, much of Arkansas, North Alabama and North Mississippi were lost in rapid succession, along with 30,000 fighting men, dead or in northern prison camps, and finally New Orleans, Memphis, and the fleets that had been built to hold the river that ran between them. That was how it reached the West. (United States & Civil War) ibid.