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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 & US Civil War & Photography)  Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of America 1/3, BBC 2011

 

 

23,198.  There isn’t going to be any war.  (South & US Civil War)  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 & US Civil War)  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.  (South & US Civil War)  Andrew Jackson

 

 

28,497.  If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.  (United States of America & Texas & Hell & US Civil War)  Philip Henry Sheridan, attributions & variations 

 

 

28,498.  War means fighting, and fighting means killing.  (United States of America & War & US Civil War)  Nathan Bedford Forrest 

 

 

26,094.  There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell.  (War & US Civil War & United States of America)  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 of America & US 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 of America & US 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 of America & US 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 of America & US 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 of America & US Civil War)  Robert E Lee

 

 

28,721.  It is well that war is so terrible.  We should grow too fond of it.  (United States of America & US 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 of America & US 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 of America & US 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 of America & US Civil War & Abraham)  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 of America & US Civil War & South)  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 of America & US Civil War & South)  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 of America & US Civil War & South)  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 of America & US Civil War & South)  ibid. 

 

28,520.  As a professional soldier, in touch with every department of the army he commanded, Davis not only recognized the odds his country faced in its struggle for independence; he saw that they were lengthening with every passing month as the North’s tremendous potential was converted into actuality.  In that sense, not only was time against him; even success was against him, for each northern reverse brought on a quickening of the tempo of conversion.  And yet, paradoxically, it was time for which he was fighting.  Time alone could bring into being, in the North, the discouragement which was the South’s chief hope for victory if foreign intervention failed to materialize, as now seemed likely.  (United States of America & US Civil War & South)  ibid. 

 

28,522.  There would be other Shilohs, other Sharpsburgs, other terrors.  Men in their thousands now alive would presently be dead; homes so far untouched by sorrow would know tears; new widows and new orphans, some as yet unmarried or unborn, would be made – all, as Lincoln saw it, that the nation might continue and that men now in bondage might have freedom.  In issuing the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation he had made certain that there would be no peace except by conquest.  (United States of America & US Civil War & Slavery & South)  ibid. 

 

28,525.  It was tough.  There were little things.  They made regular 25-mile marches.  I made two or three 25-mile marches in the army and I was broken down for days after it.  They made them frequently, and when you were issued a pair of shoes in the northern army, they weren’t left foot and right foot, they were the same foot.  You wore them into being a left-foot shoe or a right-foot shoe.  And when you imagine making 25-mile marches with inferior footwear, let alone barefoot, the way many Confederates were, it’s unbelievable the way they could function.  (United States of America & US Civil War & Shoes & South)  ibid.  Men at War essay 

 

28,526.  It’s my belief that the war in the West is at least as important as the one in the East ... The Union victory at Fort Donelson, for example, lost all of Kentucky for the Confederacy, and most of Tennessee.  It saw the emergence of Grant and Bedford Forrest.  It was when the northern juggernaut began to roll, and the battle of Shiloh was an attempt to stop it, a desperate attempt to stop it that failed.  Shiloh was the first big battle – the first great bloody battle ... The generals didn’t know their jobs, the soldiers didn’t know their jobs.  It was just pure determination to stand and fight and not retreat.  (United States of America & US Civil War & West & South)  ibid. 

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