In the South the war is what AD is elsewhere; they date from it.
- Life on the Mississippi
I was a soldier two weeks once in the beginning of the war, and was hunted
like a rat the whole time. Familiar? My splendid Kipling himself hasn't a more
burn't in, hard-baked and unforgettable familiarity with that death-on-the pale-horse-with-hell-following-after
which a raw soldier's first fortnight in the field--and which, without any doubt,
is the most tremendous fortnight and the vividest he is ever going to see.
- comments to an unidentified person, 1890, quoted in Portable Mark Twain, Bernard De Voto
Our Civil War was a blot on our history, but not as great a blot as the buying
and selling of Negro souls.
- quoted by Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch in letter to New York Herald Tribune, November 19, 1941
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