Civil War Sayings and Quotes

The Civil War remains one of the United State’s most devastating and bloodiest conflicts, ripping the nation apart. It is also regarded as the costliest war fought on american soil and left much of the south in ruins. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful civil war quotes.

The American Civil War produced carnage that has often been thought reserved for the combination of technological proficiency and inhumanity characteristic of a later time.     

Drew Gilpin Faust

With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free.     

Anthony Lewis

To a mankind that recognizes the equality of man everywhere, every war becomes a civil war.     

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war.     

Abraham Lincoln

There is no clear or meaningful difference between insurgency and civil war, or between national terrorism and civil war for that matter.     

Anthony H. Cordesman

All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.     

Francois Fenelon

A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Civil wars leave nothing but tombs.     

Alphonse De Lamartine

War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.     

Abraham Lincoln

You know, the thing that struck me about Civil War music was how bloody it was; it was full of hatred. There was incredible vitriol in it.     

T Bone Burnett

In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.     

Ulysses S. Grant

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

William Tecumseh Sherman

Causes of Civil War are also, that the wealth of the nation is in too few mens hands, and that no certain means are provided to keep all men from a necessity either to beg, or steal, or be soldiers.     

William Petty

Away with the idea of getting independence first, and looking for liberty afterwards... Our liberties, once lost, may be lost forever.     

Alexander H Stephens

Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southerner apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance.     

Jefferson Davis

War means fighting, and fighting means killing.     

Nathan Bedford Forrest

That in a civil war there is continuous fighting, based on grievences that are forever changing.     

Nuruddin Farah

I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.     


I am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.     

John Brown

Few Americans born after the Civil War know much about war. Real war. War that seeks you out. War that arrives on your doorstep - not once in a blue moon, but once a month or a week or a day.     

Nick Turse

We'll fight them, sir, 'til hell freezes over, and then, sir, we will fight them on the ice.     

Shelby Foote

The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain and the Provinces in South America still continues, without any prospect of its speedy termination.     

James Monroe

The Civil War has a tremendous moral and emotional force.     

Donald McCaig

It's just like a liberal, they import slaves, they hold slaves, they fight for slavery, they go to war in a civil war to defend slavery. They then install legal discrimination against blacks for a hundred years.     

Ann Coulter