Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory, but let me tell you boys, it is all hell.
I am sick and tired of war. It's glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.
You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace.
If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.
I will not accept if nominated, and will not serve if elected.