I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnecessary war.
Letter to Jane Pierce (1863-03-03)
I speak of the war as fruitless; for it is clear that, prosecuted upon the basis of the proclamations of September 22d and September 24th, 1862, prosecuted, as I must understand these proclamations, to say nothing of the kindred blood which has followed, upon the theory of emancipation, devastation, subjugation, it cannot fail to be fruitless in every thing except the harvest of woe which it is ripening for what was once the peerless republic.Franklin Pierce
You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength.Franklin Pierce