Civil War Quotes

August 27, 1865, Joy to the world – My little world at least. I am no more a war widow – My Precious is home safe from the war. I am so thankful that he is once more home and that to stay. I am happy all the time now. I do not feel now […]

Before the war, it was said, “The United States are… ” Grammatically, it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. After the war it was always “The United States is… ” – as we say today without being self-conscious at all. And that sums up what the war accomplished. […]

One wore blue and one wore grey As they marched along the way A fife and drum began to play All on a beautiful morning One was gentle, one was kind One was gentle, one was kind One came home, one stayed behind A cannonball don’t pay no mind A cannonball don’t pay no mind […]

The war is over – the rebels are our countrymen again. (Upon stopping his men from cheering after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865)

Listen young heroes! Your country is calling! Time strikes the hour for the brave and the true! Now while the foremost are fighting and falling, Fill up the ranks that have opened for you!

He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm.

We could have pursued no other course without dishonor. And as sad as the results have been, if it had all to be done over again, we should be compelled to act in precisely the same manner.

Let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” […]

I think that Lee (Robert E. Lee) should have been hanged. It was all the worse that he was a good man and a fine character and acted conscientiously. It’s always the good men who do the most harm in the world.

From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow.