The Masters Speak

“Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives you may win Southern independence, but I doubt it. The North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery and impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche.” – Sam Houston

“Before the war, it was always the United States “are”, after the war it was the United States “is”…it made us an is.” – Shelby Foote

“The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads.” – Shelby Foote

“The Civil War was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism.” – Frederick Douglass

“The real war will never get in the books…Its interior history will never be written – its…minutia of deeds and passions will never even be suggested…Think how much, and of importance, will be – how much, civic and military, has already been buried in the grave, in eternal darkness.” – Walt Whitman

“There is nothing good in war except its ending.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The Civil War is not ended: I question whether any serious civil war ever does end.” – T. S. Eliot

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner