Two Confederacies and Their Cause

A/N: These quotes from the real world Confederacy are real quotes that I found on some websites on the internet; so far as I know, these men actually said them.


Part 1: The Confederate States of America

Jefferson Finis Davis

President, Confederate States of America

"We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honour and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." - President Jefferson Davis - 29 April 1861

General Robert Edward Lee

Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"All that the South has ever desired was the Union as established by our forefathers should be preserved and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth." - General Robert E. Lee, CSA

"Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." - General Robert E. Lee, CSA - as told to Texas ex-governor F. W. Stockdale

Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet

First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"General, unless he offers us honorable terms, come back and let us fight it out!" - James Longstreet, to Robert E. Lee as he rode off to discuss terms for surrender with General Grant at Appomattox.

Lieut. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." - Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

Lieut. Gen. Jubal Anderson Early

Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy." - Jubal A. Early

"Major, we haven't taken Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell." - Jubal A. Early to one of his officers after withdrawing from the outskirts of Washington, D.C., near Fort Stevens.

"Honest and outspoken, honorable and uncompromising, Jubal A. Early epitomized much that was the Southern Confederacy. His self-reliance, courage, sagacity, and devotion to the cause brought confidence then just as it inspires reverence now." - James I. Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of History, Virginia Tech; Member of the Board, Jubal A. Early Preservation Trust.

Lieut. Gen. Richard Stoddert Ewell

Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

As Richard S. Ewell rode into Gettysburg with John B. Gordon at his side in 1863, Ewell reeled in his saddle immediately after the ominous sound of a bullet hitting home. Anxiously, Gordon asked, "Are you hurt, sir?" General Ewell replied unconcernedly, "No, no, it doesn't hurt a bit to be shot in a wooden leg!" - R. S. Ewell to John B. Gordon at Gettysburg.

Lieut. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill

Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"Damn you, if you will not follow me, I'll die alone!" - A. P. Hill, Fraysers Farm, Seven Days.

"Next to these two officers, [Longstreet and Jackson] I consider General A.P. Hill the best commander with me. He fights his troops well and takes good care of them." - Robert E. Lee, Nov 1862, when President Davis asked Lee for recommendations for corps command.

Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart

Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia, Commanding

"I desire my children to be educated south of the Mason Dixon line and always to retain right of domicile in the Confederate States." - General J.E.B. Stuart, CSA

Lieut. Gen. Stephen Dill Lee

Second Corps, Army of Tennessee, Commanding

"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations." - Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General, United Confederate Veterans, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.

Maj. Gen. Patrick Ronayne Cleburne

"Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late... It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern schoolteachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision... It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties." - Maj. General Patrick R. Cleburne, CSA, January 1864, writing on what would happen if the Confederacy were to be defeated.

"If this cause, that is dear to my heart, is doomed to fail, I pray heaven may let me fall with it, while my face is toward the enemy and my arm battling for that which I know is right." - Major General Patrick R. Cleburne before his fatal wound at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

Lieut. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee, Commanding

"I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself; nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers, you can be good citizens." - Nathan Bedford Forrest, in his farewell address to his troops at Gainesville, Alabama, May 9, 1865.

"I loved the old government in 1861. I loved the old Constitution yet. I think it is the best government in the world, if administered as it was before the war. I do not hate it; I am opposing now only the radical revolutionists who are trying to destroy it. I believe that party to be composed, as I know it is in Tennessee, of the worst men on Gods earth-men who would not hesitate at no crime, and who have only one object in view-to enrich themselves." - Nathan Bedford Forrest, in an interview shortly after the war.

Col. John Singleton Mosby

43rd Battalion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, Commanding

"Our poor country has fallen a prey to the conqueror. The noblest cause ever defended by the sword is lost. The noble dead that sleep in their shallow though honored graves are far more fortunate than their survivors. I thought I had sounded the profoundest depth of human feeling, but this is the bitterest hour of my life." - Col. John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy

Lieut. Gen. Alexander Peter Stewart

Third Corps, Army of Tennessee, Commanding

"The field had been completely swept, and the foe driven back to the river under shelter of the fire from his gunboats. It needed only the inspiring presence and skillful hand of the master-spirit that had raised and guided the storm of battle to press the enemy to a surrender, and thus put the finishing stroke to one of the most brilliant victories of which the annals of war contain a record. But alas! that master-spirit was no more of earth. In the very moment of victory, the battle, and with it seemingly the Confederate cause, was lost." - Brigadier General Alexander P. Stewart, remarking upon the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston at the Battle of Shiloh.

Maj. Gen. John Brown Gordon

"As for the South, it is enough to say that perhaps eighty per cent. of her armies were neither slave-holders, nor had the remotest interest in the institution. No other proof, however, is needed than the undeniable fact that at any period of the war from its beginning to near its close the South could have saved slavery by simply laying down its arms and returning to the Union." - Major General John B. Gordon, from his book, Causes of the Civil War.

Brig. Gen. George Thomas "Tige" Anderson

"Boys, stick to your colors." - Brigadier General "Tige" Anderson, yelled back to his men at Malvern Hill as he headed up the hill toward the blazing Federal line.

Lieut. Gen. Wade Hampton

"You have no right to ask, or expect that she will at once profess unbounded love to that Union from which for four years she tried to escape at the cost of her best blood and all her treasure. Nor can you believe her to be so unutterably hypocritical, so base, as to declare that the flag of the Union has already surpassed in her heart the place which has so long been sacred to the 'Southern Cross.' " - General Wade Hampton

Brig. Gen. Stand Watie

"I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love my friends and above all others my wife and children, the, oppinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding." - Brigadier General Stand Watie

Pvt. Samuel Davis

"I would die a thousand deaths before I would betray a friend." - Sam Davis, to his Union captors when asked to betray his compatriots, before being hanged.

Sgt. Eli Pinson Landers

"I want by body taken up and laid in the dust around old Sweetwater and I want a tombstone put at my head with my name and my company and regiment, the day I enlisted and the name and date of the battles I have ever been in." - Sergeant Eli P. Landers, in a letter to home.

"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not a rebellion. His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason."
- Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867.

"I am with the South in life or in death, in victory or in defeat... I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and inaugurate a servile insurrection, murder our men and dishonor our women."
- Major General Patrick Cleburne, CSA

"Yes, they [the Washington Empire] fear us because history and timing (this time around) is on our side, not theirs. They know it and we know it. The Constitutional right of secession and Southern independence in a 21st century world filled with secession and independence movements all around the globe puts the fear of God into our enemies in Washington and New York. Our success means the end of their rule, domination, control and gravy train of high federal taxes paid for by each one of us. This is why, 'that Rebel Flag' and our movement are hated so much. This is why so many lies and so much irresponsible reporting goes on about the defenders of Southern heritage. This is why the 'Lebanese' student in Texas was made a scapegoat and object of scorn by school officials and therefore creating the conditions for an unprovoked attack by students for the hate crime of having checked a book out of the school library for a report with a picture of Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Battle Flag in his possession."
- Ron Holland

"We could have pursued no other course without dishonor. And sad as the results have been, if it had all to be done again, we should be compelled to act in precisely the same manner."
- Robert E. Lee

"Our country demands all our strength, all our energies. To resist the powerful combination now forming against us will require every man at his place. If victorious, we will have everything to hope for in the future. If defeated, nothing will be left for us to live for."
- Robert E. Lee

"A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?"
- Cicero

"The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert it's self, though it may be at another time and in another form."
- President Jefferson Davis, C.S.A.

"The condition of slavery with us is, in a word, Mr. President, nothing but the form of civil government instituted for a class of people not fit to govern themselves. It is exactly what in every State exists in some form or other. It is just that kind of control which is extended in every northern State over its convicts, its lunatics, its minors, its apprentices. It is but a form of civil government for those who by their nature are not fit to govern themselves. We recognize the fact of the inferiority stamped upon that race of men by the Creator, and from the cradle to the grave, our Government, as a civil institution, marks that inferiority."
- Jefferson Davis, in the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on February 29, 1860.

"Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again.''
- President Jeff Davis, C.S.A.

''...the contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.''
- President Jefferson Davis, C.S.A., address to the Mississippi legislature in 1881.

"The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert it's self, though it may be at another time and in another form."
- President Jefferson Davis

"Duty is ours; consequences are God's."
- General Thomas J."Stonewall" Jackson

"If I ever disown, repudiate, or apologise for the Cause for which Lee fought and Jackson died, let the lightnings of Heaven rend me, and the scorn of all good men and true women be my portion. Sun, moon, and stars, all fall on me when I cease to love the Confederacy. 'Tis the Cause, not the fate of the Cause, that is glorious!"
- Major R.E. Wilson, CSA

"Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it."
- George Santana

"That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute New Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
- Thomas Jefferson

"My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land. But a moment's reflection would convince me, that whatever of high hope(as I think there is) there may be in this, in the long run, it's sudden execution is impossible. What then? Free them, and keep them among us as underlings? Is it quite certain that this betters their condition? I think I would not hold one in slavery, at any rate, yet the point is not clear enough for me to denounce people on. What then? Free them, and make them politically and socially our equals? MY own feelings will not admit of this; and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not...A universal feeling, whether well or ill-founded, cannot be safely disregarded."
- Abraham Lincoln

"I am not in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office..."
- Abraham Lincoln, 9/15/1858 campaign speech

"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
- Abraham Lincoln, 3/14/1861 First Inaugural Speech

"I am a little uneasy about the abolishment of slavery in this District [of Columbia]..."
- Abraham Lincoln, 3/24/1862 letter to Horace Greely, New York Tribune editor

"I will say, then, that I am not, nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races ... I am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
- Abraham Lincoln

"If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side."
- Ulysses S. Grant

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism...The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
- Teddy Roosevelt, speech in New York on October 12, 1915.

"Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is a force, like fire: a dangerous servant and a terrible master."
- George Washington

"I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the Army and the Government needed a Dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship."
- Abraham Lincoln, upon his replacement of General Burnside with General Hooker for command of the Army of the Potomac.


I'm not trying to cause any trouble with these quotes here; I just thought that this would make part of an interesting story.

For you Star Wars fans, I'll have my more original material about the CIS cause quotations (part 2) as soon as I can.