He was one of the most reviled and adored characters of the American Civil War. Yet his quotes show a very different man. Check them out.
Some of the ones I like best: "So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained."
I didn't know he felt that way about slavery.
Here's another: "It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it."
And another: "[W]e made a great mistake in the beginning of our struggle, and I fear, in spite of all we can do, it will prove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed all our worst generals to command our armies, and all our best generals to edit the newspapers".
It seems little has changed in this regard...