Gibbon, John

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"An army commander must be as near a despot as the institutions of his country permit."

Gibbon, commander of the Iron Brigade, commenting on what he felt an army commander needed to do in order to be successful in the field.
 

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"Thunderstruck! There is but one opinion among the troops and that is that the government has gone mad."

Gibbon, describing his feelings upon learning that McClellan had been relieved as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
 
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