2010.08.09

NOTES FROM THE CIVIL WAR BY KEN BURNS

  1. The reason for the high casualties is really quite simple: the weapons were way ahead of the tactics.

Shelby Foote, historian

  1. Arlington National Cemetery used to be Robert E. Lee’s front lawn.

  2. It’s always the good men who do the most harm in the world.

Henry Adams

  1. After watching the Gettysburg episode, I wanted to watch Sam Seaborn talk about “what Lincoln called the last full measure of devotion.” You want to watch him, too.

  2. Chickamauga is, like all Indian words, interpreted to mean the River of Death. God knows what it really means.

Shelby Foote, historian

  1. Before the war, it was said, the United States are. Grammatically, it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. And after the war, it was always the United States is, as we say it today without being self-conscious at all. And that sums up what the war accomplished: it made us an is.

Shelby Foote, historian, The Civil War.

  1. It adopted a constitution that required a war to be sorted out. And therefore required a war to make a real nation out of what was a theoretical nation.

Barbara Fields, historian