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Favorite Civil war qoutes

6 years 4 months ago #1 by jebstuart

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  • "How do you like this coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 


    "Hollard to shoot at the ornery son of a bitches and we all let go at them. They may say what they please but goddamit pa it is fun"
    union solider writing to father  after firing and forcing retreat of confederate soldiers


    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to haven, found he had outflanked them and was already there".
    northern newspaper about the death of stonewall jackson 



    "no way sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman



    "General, did you ever hear of Mosby?"
    "Yes, have you caught him?"
    "He has caught you."
    Captain John S. Mosby capturing General E.H. Stoughton, March, 1863




    from movie gods and generals but to good to leave out
    general jackson checking on the 4 artillery pieces

    Jackson- "sir how are your cannons firing today?
    artillery officer- "Just fine sir, the boys have taken to naming them, matt,mark,luke and john"
    Jackson- " well sir, I do hope that you spread the gospel throughout the  enemy wherever you do see them"

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman
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    6 years 4 months ago #2 by Saddletank

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  • I always liked Nathan Bedford Forrest's strategy which was to:

    "git thar fustest with the mostest."

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    6 years 4 months ago #3 by Jim

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  • Replied by Jim on topic Re: Favorite Civil war qoutes
    Attributed to William T. Sherman:

    "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other."

    -Jim

    "My God, if we've not got a cool brain and a big one too, to manage this affair, the nation is ruined forever." Unknown private, 14th Vermont, 2 July 1863

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    6 years 4 months ago #4 by Little Powell

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  • There's no quote that better demonstrates Jubal Early's hard-nosed personality than this one:

    "Hunter's deeds were those of a malignant cowardly fanatic, who was better qualified to make war upon helpless women and children than upon armed soldiers".

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    6 years 4 months ago - 6 years 4 months ago #5 by Little Powell

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  • "General, did you ever hear of Mosby?"
    "Yes, have you caught him?"
    "He has caught you."
    Captain John S. Mosby capturing General E.H. Stoughton, March, 1863


    Love that one.

    Also another one of my favorites:

    "Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do." - Grant
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    6 years 4 months ago #6 by con20or

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  • good ones alright - but will Nap quotes translate as well??!!??

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    6 years 4 months ago #7 by Shirkon

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  • Always liked this one:

    War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.

    Sherman, December 1863, remark to a Tennessee woman.

    War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.

    Sherman, December 1863, remark to a Tennessee woman.

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    6 years 4 months ago #8 by jebstuart

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  • Feel the love between sherman and forrest?


    "There is no doubt we could soon wipe old Sherman off the face of the earth, John, if they'd give me enough men and you enough guns."
    Nathan bedford forrest To Captain John Morton, 1864.

    “Follow Forrest to the death if it costs 10,000 lives and breaks the Treasury. There will never be peace in Tennessee till Forrest is dead.”
    General*William T. Sherman*of the Union Army. As quoted in*May I Quote You, General Forrest?*by Randall Bedwell.

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

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    6 years 4 months ago #9 by Little Powell

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  • Forest may have not been the best human being, but he sure was a genius in the saddle. The dude was the ultimate badass, completely fearless. Much like a Napoleon, his name alone was worth 20,000 men.

    Not really a quote, but this story shows what kind of fighter he was:

    "A month later, Forrest was back in action at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6­7, 1862). Once again, he found himself in command of the Confederate rear guard after a lost battle, and again he distinguished himself. For the first time, he came under enemy fire and showed himself to have no fear. He charged a line of Union skirmishers, driving them off, but was wounded in the process, shot through the pelvis, with the bullet lodging near his spine. He stayed in the saddle, lifted the Union shooter by the shirt collar, and used him as a human shield to avoid more gunfire before casting him aside"

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    6 years 4 months ago - 6 years 4 months ago #10 by jebstuart

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  • Forest may have not been the best human being, but he sure was a genius in the saddle. The dude was the ultimate badass, completely fearless. Much like a Napoleon, his name alone was worth 20,000 men.

    Not really a quote, but this story shows what kind of fighter he was:

    "A month later, Forrest was back in action at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6­7, 1862). Once again, he found himself in command of the Confederate rear guard after a lost battle, and again he distinguished himself. For the first time, he came under enemy fire and showed himself to have no fear. He charged a line of Union skirmishers, driving them off, but was wounded in the process, shot through the pelvis, with the bullet lodging near his spine. He stayed in the saddle, lifted the Union shooter by the shirt collar, and used him as a human shield to avoid more gunfire before casting him aside"



    “that devil Forrest.” grant

    "His cavalry, which Sherman reported in disgust “could travel one hundred miles in less time than it takes our to travel ten,”"


    I am half through a 700 page book on forrest called the campaigns of general nathan bedford forrest and forrest Calvary.
    www.amazon.com/Campaigns-General-Bedford-Forrest-Forrests/dp/030680719X


    I have a few good quotes and stories about him I will post when I am done with the book. It is more like reading folk lore than about a actual person, what he was able to do and survive is simply incredible. I always heard how great he was, I must say they understated what he accomplished.

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman
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    6 years 4 months ago #11 by jebstuart

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  • As Union Troops routed at Harrisburg

    Banks: Stop, men! Don't you love your country? 

    Private: We do, by God, and we're trying to get back to it as quick as possible! 



    "I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it."

    -General Pickett on why the charge on the third day at Gettysburg failed.



    "If I killed all the reporters, there'd be news from Hell before breakfast."

    -William Tecumseh Sherman

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

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    6 years 4 months ago #12 by Stellar Duck

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  • "If I killed all the reporters, there'd be news from Hell before breakfast."

    -William Tecumseh Sherman


    I've always enjoyed Shermans relationship to the press.

    Generally, he's probably my favourite general from that war. Well, him or Grant.

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    6 years 4 months ago #13 by cliometrician

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  • "I may have fought on the side that was wrong, but I fought on the right side." John S. Mosby, Gray Ghost of the Confederacy

    "If slaves will make good soldiers our whole theory of slavery is wrong." Robert Toombs, 1864

    "I may have fought on the side that was wrong, but I fought on the right side." John S. Mosby

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    6 years 4 months ago #14 by Little Powell

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  • "I may have fought on the side that was wrong, but I fought on the right side." John S. Mosby, Gray Ghost of the Confederacy


    Never seen that one before. Love it. :)

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    6 years 4 months ago #15 by jebstuart

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  • “wait a moment major, I 'll bring one from the Yankees yonder” returning little while later “ here's the horse I promised you, major, and a Yankee to boot” [ captured federal officer as well]
    Private argyle powell to major Phil Allin upon losing his horse before a charge



    In pursuit of routed federals confederate officer yells “Get out of our country, you worthless rascals”
    Federal tuns his head and says “Faith and by Jasus an't it that same we're trying to do just as fast as we can”

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

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    6 years 3 months ago #16 by jebstuart

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  • General Jo Shelby to scouts
    “Did you see them?”
    “Yes general”
    “Did you count them?”
    “No,General”
    “Then, uh, well fight them by heaven”

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen days before Gettysburg 

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to heaven, found he had outflanked them and was already there". Northern newspaper about the death of Stonewall Jackson

    "No way Sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

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    6 years 2 months ago #17 by stonewalljackson

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  • Not a quote but good.

    Stonewall jackson had an old negro man who acted in the capacity of a body servant. It has become common remark in the camp that none knows of the generals plans but this old negro. Asked how he became in such confidence of the general

    "Lord sir, said he. "Massa never tells me nothing, but the way I knows is this. Massa says his prayers twice a day,morning and night. But if he gets out of bed three times in the night to pray, you see i just commences packing my sack, for i know theres will be the devil to pay the next day"

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    Confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen before Gettysburg

    "No way sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to haven, found he had outflanked them and was already there".
    northern newspaper about the death of stonewall jackson

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  • "I know only two tunes: one of them is 'Yankee Doodle', and the other isn't."

    Ulysses S. Grant



    "My dear McClellan. If you don't want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a while. Yours respectfully, A. Lincoln."
    Abraham Lincoln

    "How do you like this are coming back into the union"
    Confederate solider to Pennsylvanian citizen before Gettysburg

    "No way sherman will go to hell, he would outflank the devil and get past havens guard"
    southern solider about northern general sherman

    "Angels went to receive his body from his grave but he was not there, they left very disappointed but upon return to haven, found he had outflanked them and was already there".
    northern newspaper about the death of stonewall jackson

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