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date: 21 April 2024

American Civil War 

  1. Give them the cold steel, boys!
    Lewis Addison Armistead 1817–63 American army officer: during the American Civil War, 1863; attributed
  2. There is Jackson with his Virginians, standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer.
    referring to General T. J. (‘Stonewall’) Jackson at the battle of Bull Run, 21 July, 1861 (in which Bee himself was killed)
    Barnard Elliott Bee 1823–61 American Confederate general: B. Perley Poore Perley's Reminiscences (1886) vol. 2, ch. 7
  3. All quiet along the Potomac to-night,
    No sound save the rush of the river,
    While soft falls the dew on the face of the dead—
    The picket's off duty forever.
    Ethel Lynn Beers 1827–79 American poet: ‘The Picket Guard’ (1861) st. 6; see McClellan
  4. If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.
    Jefferson Davis 1808–89 American statesman, President of the Confederate states 1861–5: in 1865; Geoffrey C. Ward The Civil War (1991) ch. 5
  5. Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.
    at the battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864 (torpedoes mines)
    David Glasgow Farragut 1801–70 American admiral: A. T. Mahan Great Commanders: Admiral Farragut (1892) ch. 10
  6. No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
    Ulysses S. Grant 1822–85 American Unionist general and statesman, 18th President 1869–77: to Simon Bolivar Buckner, under siege at Fort Donelson, 16 February 1862
  7. The war is over—the rebels are our countrymen again.
    preventing his men from cheering after Lee's surrender at Appomattox
    Ulysses S. Grant 1822–85 American Unionist general and statesman, 18th President 1869–77: on 9 April, 1865
  8. Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible.
    his strategic motto during the Civil War
    Thomas Jonathan ‘Stonewall’ Jackson 1824–63 American Confederate general: M. Miner and H. Rawson American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations (1997)
  9. All quiet along the Potomac.
    said at the time of the American Civil War
    George B. McClellan 1826–85 American soldier and politician: attributed; see Beers
  10. Hold out. Relief is coming.
    usually quoted as ‘Hold the fort! I am coming!’
    William Tecumseh Sherman 1820–91 American Union general: flag signal from Kennesaw Mountain to General John Murray Corse at Allatoona Pass, 5 October 1864; see Bliss