de Shelby Foote
Sherman resumed his pacing, still talking. "You people speak so lightly of war. You don't know what youre talking about. War is a terrible thing !" He reached the end of the room and came back, still talking. "You mistake, too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight too - they are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it. Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them ? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive or railway car ; hardly a yard of cloth or a pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical and determined people on earth - right at your doors." He stopped and frowned.
"You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with..."