“What is all this for? Why this array of armies? Why this fierce meeting in mortal combat? What is all this carnage and slaughter for? Why the prolongation of this conflict? Why this lamentation and mourning going up from almost every house and family from Maine to the Rio Grande, and from the Atlantic and Gulf to the Lakes, for friends and dear ones who have fallen by disease and violence in this unparalleled struggle?
The question if replied to by the North can have but one answer.”
Alexander H. Stephens, 1863, Messages and Papers of the Confederacy, Vol. I, pg. 175.