Famous Quotes

From The War Between The States

"Rather than concede to the State of Missouri for one single instant the right to dictate to my Government in any manner, however unimportant..."

Lyon rose from his chair, spurs clinking, and pointed at Governor Jackson’s breast...

"...I will see you..." - he touched the bosom of General Price

"...and you..." - he prodded solemn Blair

"...and you..." - he poked Secretary Snead

"...and every man woman and child in the State of Missouri dead and buried!"

--- Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, on behalf of Lincoln, formally declaring Total War on the entire State of Missouri, including both Missouri State Guard and civilians.

"There is a class of people (in the South), men, women and children, who must be killed or banished before you can hope for peace and order."

--- General William T. Sherman, Native St. Louisan, and brother - in - law to General Thomas Ewing (Order #11)

"Next year their lands will be taken, for in war we can take them, and rightfully too, and another year they may beg in vain for their lives. A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences. Many many people, with less pertinacity than the South, have been wiped out of national existence. To those who submit to the rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant and persistent secessionist, why, death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better."

--- General William T. Sherman, Native St. Louisan, and brother - in - law to General Thomas Ewing (Order #11)

"I begin to regard the death and mangling of a couple of thousand men as a small affair, a kind of morning dash."

--- General William T. Sherman, in a letter he wrote his wife in July 1864 while in northern Georgia.

Asked Of Abraham Lincoln...
      "Why not let the South go in peace?"

Response Of Abraham Lincoln...
      "I can't let them go. Who would pay for the government?"

"All we ask is to be left alone."

--- President Jefferson Davis, CSA

"A question settled by violence, or in disregard of law, must remain unsettled forever."

--- President Jefferson Davis, CSA

"The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others."

--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA

". . .a union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness has no charm for me. I shall mourn for my country and for the welfare of mankind. If the union is dissolved and the government disrupted, I shall return to my native state and share the miseries of my people, and save in defence, will draw my sword on none."

--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA

"Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand."

--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA - as told to Texas ex-governor F. W. Stockdale

"I would have never surrendered the army if I had known how the South would have been treated."

--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA

"Tell Hill he must come up. . .Strike the tent."

--- Last words of General Robert E. Lee, CSA - October 12, 1870

"We are the last of our race. Let us be the best as well."

--- Gen. Joseph O. Shelby, CSA

"Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible manoeuvering you can hurl you own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated victory will make it invincible."

--- Gen. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA

"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."

--- Last words of Gen. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA

"I would rather be a private in Virginia's army than a general in any army that was going to coerce her."

--- General J.E.B. Stuart, CSA

"I desire my children to be educated south of the Mason Dixon line and always to retain right of domicile in the Confederate States."

--- General J.E.B. Stuart, CSA

"Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the War; will be impressed by all the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision."

--- General Pat Cleburne, CSA

"If I ever disown, repudiate, or apologize for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died, let the lightnings of Heaven rend me, and the scorn of all good men and true women be my portion. Sun, Moon, Stars, all fall on me when I cease to love the Confederacy. 'Tis the cause, not the fate of the Cause, that is glorious!"

--- Maj. R.E. Wilson, CSA

"The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy."

--- General Jubal Early, CSA

"I've got no respect for any young man who won't join the colors."

--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

"Get there first with the most."

--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA - on how he won battles.

"Never stand and take a charge...charge them too."

--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

"No damn man kills me and lives."

--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

"My shoes are gone; my clothes are almost gone. I'm weary, I'm sick, I'm hungry. My family have been killed or scattered. And I have suffered all this for my country. I love my country. But if this war is ever over, I'll be damned if I ever love another country."

--- Confederate Soldier During Retreat To Appomattox

"There are at present many Coloured men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and labourers, but real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets".

--- Frederick Douglas - Autumn Of 1861

"But Quantrill and his men were no more bandits than the men on the other side. I've been to reunions of Quantrill's men two or three times. All they were trying to do was protect the property on the Missouri side of the line..."

--- President Harry S. Truman

"...They tried to make my uncle Harrison into an informer, but he wouldn't do it. He was only a boy... They tried to hang him, time and again they tried it, 'stretching his neck', they called it, but he didn't say anything. I think he'd have died before he'd said anything. He's the one I'm named after, and I'm happy to say that there were people...around at the time who said I took after him."

--- President Harry S. Truman

Speaking about what the Kansas "Red Legs" did to his uncle, at age thirteen during the War Between The States.

"What passes as standard American history is really Yankee history written by New Englanders or their puppets to glorify Yankee heroes and ideals."

--- Dr. Grady McWhiney

Patriotic & Noted Quotes

Quotes Of Patriotism & Pride

"But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

--- Declaration Of Independence - 1776

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."

--- Article 4 - Section 4 : United States Constitution. Adopted by convention of States, September 17, 1787. Ratification completed, June 21, 1788.

"The most effectual means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practical, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibiteth, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be able to know ambition under all of its shapes, and be prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes."

--- Thomas Jefferson. President, Founding Father & Virginian

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."

--- Thomas Jefferson. President, Founding Father & Virginian

"A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army,an enslaved press and a disarmed populace."

--- James Madison, Federalist Papers # 46

"The State never intentionally confronts a man's sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced."

--- Henry David Thoreau

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americans... The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of it continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."

--- Theodore Roosevelt - October 12, 1915

"The First Casualty In War is Truth"

--- Author Unknown

"The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there it is."

--- Winston Churchill

"Take away a nation's heritage and they are more easily persuaded."

--- Karl Marx

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage"

--- Micah 2:2

"Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set."

--- Proverbs 22:28

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