"Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character."
"I worked side-by-side in the fields with the slaves on my farm."
"Both my wife and I inherited slaves. The plantation that we lived in before the Civil War is now Arlington National Cemetery."
"I graduated 2nd in my class at West Point and never had a single demerit during my entire undergraduate career. My eldest son graduated 1st in his class."
"I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of.... Secession is nothing but revolution."
"There are but two parties now, Traitors & Patriots and I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter."
"[I counseled] often and early in the war that the slaves should be emancipated, that it was the only way to remove a weakness at home and to get sympathy abroad, and to divide our enemies."
"I never was an Abolitionest.... but I try to judge farely & honestly and it become patent to my mind early in the rebellion that the North & South could never live at peace with each other except as one nation, and that without Slavery."