-> ''"Loudest are the yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes."''
--> '''SamuelJohnson''', at the time of the American Revolution
-> ''"Mark me, Franklin. If we give in on this issue, there will be trouble one hundred years hence. Posterity will never forgive us."''
--> '''UsefulNotes/JohnAdams''' to '''UsefulNotes/BenjaminFranklin''', on Congress deleting the anti-slavery paragraph from the Declaration of Independence. 1776 - 85 years before the Civil War
-> ''"I considered it at once as the knell of the Union. It is hushed, indeed, for the moment. But this is a reprieve only, not a final sentence. A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated; and every new irritation will mark it deeper and deeper."''
--> '''UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson''' on the Missouri Compromise that divided the country between the slave banning north and slave allowing south. 1820 - 41 years before the Civil War.
-> ''"Resolved, That all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating in any way or to any extent whatever to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall, without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table, and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon."''
--> Congressional resolution forbidding the topic of abolishing slavery from being brought up. 1830 - 31 years before the Civil War.
-> ''"... the Tariff was only the pretext, and Disunion and a Southern Confederacy the real object. The next pretext will be the Negro or Slavery question."''
--> '''UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson''' after the Nullification Crises, where South Carolina declared it's right to nullify federal law and secede if it's demands were not met. 1833 -28 years before the Civil War.
->''"Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its [[TitleDrop cornerstone]] rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the [[MasterRace superior race]] — is [[SlaveRace his natural and normal condition]]. [[[ValuesDissonance Applause]].] This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."''
-->'''Confederate Vice President [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Stephens Alexander Stephens]]''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone_Speech Cornerstone Speech]], March 21, 1861.
-> ''"No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works."''
--> '''General UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant''', earning his nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. Battle of Fort Donelson. February 16, 1862
->''"The hoarse and indistinguishable orders of commanding officers, the screaming and bursting of shells, canister and shrapnel as they tore through the struggling masses of humanity, the death screams of wounded animals, the groans of their human companions, wounded and dying and trampled underfoot by hurrying batteries, riderless horses and the moving lines of battle-a perfect Hell on earth, never, perhaps to be equaled, certainly not to be surpassed, nor ever to be forgotten in a man's lifetime. It has never been effaced from my memory, day or night, for fifty years."''
--> '''Union Private William Archibald Waugh.''' Battle of Gettysburg, July 2 1863.
->''"I can't spare the man - He fights!"''
--> '''Abraham Lincoln''' on Ulysses S. Grant. 1862.
->''"It is well that [[WarISHell war is so terrible]], or else we would grow too fond of it."
--> '''General Robert E. Lee'''
->''"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution a new nation]], conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.''
->''Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.''
->''But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."''
--> '''Abraham Lincoln's''' Gettysburg Address. November 19, 1863
->''"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. [[WarIsHell War is cruelty]], and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country [[LaserGuidedKarma deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out]].”''
--> '''General William T. Sherman''', shortly before burning the city of Atlanta. September 12, 1864.
->''"Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman's two-hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.''
->''With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."''
--> '''Abraham Lincoln's''' Second Inaugural Address. March 4, 1865.
-->'''Rhett Butler''': I think it's hard winning a war with words, gentlemen.\\
'''Charles Hamilton''': What do you mean, sir?\\
'''Rhett Butler''': I mean, Mr. Hamilton, there's not a cannon factory in the whole South.\\
'''Brent Tarleton''': What difference does that make, sir, to a gentleman?\\
'''Rhett Butler''': I'm afraid it's going to make a great deal of difference to a great many gentlemen, sir.\\
'''Charles Hamilton''': Are you hinting, Mr. Butler, that the Yankees can lick us?\\
'''Rhett Butler''': No, I'm not hinting. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I'm saying very plainly that the Yankees are better equipped than we. They've got factories, shipyards, coal mines, and a fleet to bottle up our harbors and starve us to death. All we've got is cotton, and slaves and... arrogance.]]\\
-->'''James Longstreet''': We should have freed the slaves, ''then'' fired on Fort Sumpter!\\