Thursday, February 08, 2007

A Few Thoughts On War

  1. 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!
From a speech to Prof. David F. French at the Louisiana State
Seminary, Dec. 24, 1860

2. 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

3. There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.

-William Tecumseh Sherman.

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