Discussion Your favorite quotes of the civil war..

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Polloco

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I think the famous guote of "Vox Populi, Vox Humbug" came when Sherman was expressing his "dislike" for newspapermen. I read an article where they used to make him so mad that he'd actually foam at the mouth.
 

Ara Oko

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Not exactly a quote but Hancock was referred to as "the profanest man in an army of profane men". I would very much like to read some of his quotes. I assume they would be unprintable here.

John
I don't know so much, very little is unprintable thesedays. Gratuitous swearing is one thing, but historical quotes should be ok to faithfully post imo. Sweary or not.
And its worth recalling that profanity was, and remains ubiquitous to fighting men. The phrase
"Swearing like a trooper" was conceived aptly I think.
 
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Ara Oko

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"Why in the nation, General Marcy, couldn't the general have known whether a boat would go through the lock before spending a million dollars getting them there? I am no engineer, but it seems to me that if I wished to know whether a boat would go through a hole, or a lock, common sense would teach me to go and measure it."

President Lincoln's exasperation at learning the General McClellan's plan to construct a temporary bridge in February 1862 near Harpers Ferry had been stymied when the bridge sections (floated on barges up the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal), were too wide to fit through the canal locks. (Marcy was McClellan's Chief of Staff and McClellan's father in law).
This totally avoidable cock-up is certainly one that sticks in my mind.
 
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A famous quote of Lincoln where he was wrong, and probably caused the chagrin of many American school children attempting to recall the entire speech in front of their class : "The world will little note or long remember what we say here..."
 
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Polloco

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Upon reviewing the troops at Demopolis in 1864 Jefferson Davis said of the Missouri soldiers present "If I had 50,000 such men, I would conquer a peace in 30 days".
 

JKT

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Forrest to Bragg (after Bragg’s refusal to follow up the stunning Chickamauga victory); there animosity dated back to Shiloh
“I have stood your meanness as long as I intend to..You have played the part of a **** scoundrel, and are a coward, and if you were any part of a man I would slap your jaws and force you to resent it. You may as well not issue any more orders to me, for I will not obey them, and I will hold you personally responsible for any further indignities you endeavor to inflict upon me..if you ever again try to interfere with me or cross my path it will be at the peril of your life.”
(Gonna bet ole Braxton took time out for a “change of drawers” after this exchange!)
 
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