Movie Quotes from Gettysburg: Quotes from the movie Gettysburg


1) Colonel, I’ve been herding these here Rebs with an empty musket. 2) Not so loud.

1) How old are you, son? 2) Sir, 28, sir.

1) What a piece of work is man. How infinite in faculties, in form and moving. How express and admirable. In action, how like an angel. 2) Well, if he’s an angel, all right then. But he damn well must be a killer angel.

All of us volunteers to fight for the union just as you did. Some of came mainly because we were bored at home, thought this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came because it was the right thing to do.

An actor? We move on the word of an actor?

And Lee’ll have the high ground, and there’ll be Hell to pay. The high ground!

Armistead: Virginians! Virginians! For your lands! For your homes! For your sweethearts! For your wives! For… Virginia!! Forward!! March!!


Brig. Gen. Armistead. There are boys here from Norfolk. Portsmouth. Small hamlets along the James River. From Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. The Shenandoah. Mostly, ther’re all veteran soldiers now. The cowards and shirkers are long gone. Every man here knows his duty. They would make this charge even without an officer to lead them. They know the gravity of the situation. And the mettle of their foe. They know that this days work will be desperate and deadly. They know, that for many of them, this will be their last charge. But not one of them needs to be told what is expected of him. They’re all willing to make the supreme sacrifice… to achieve victory here. The crowning victory and then end of this war. We are all here. You may tell them, when you return to your country, that all of Virginia was here… on this day.

But this war goes on and on and the men die and the price gets even higher. We are prepared to lose some of us, but we are never prepared to lose all of us. … We are adrifit here in a sea of blood and I want it to end. I want this to be the final battle.

Can’t lead from behind.

Colonel, Colonel darlin’. Rise up, me buckle. Oh, I’m sorry darlin’, but we got a bit of a problem here, Colonel.

Colonel, we watched from our position above. Damndest thing I ever saw. May I shake your hand, sir?

Durn it Tom. Don’t call me Lawrence.

Gen. Lee: General Pickett, sir, you must see to your division.

Pickett: General Lee, I have no division.

General Buford: And we will charge valiently. Be butchered valiently.

General Lee….. I HAVE no division!

General, I’ll tell you plain. There are times when you worry me.

George, all science trembles before the searing logic of your fiery intellect

Half the regiment charged, half retreated. You had your choice.

He’s the best they got. God don’t make ’em any better, and that’s a fact.

Hell yea, they’ll come in. Just like some damn bank gonna loan you money when you no longer in debt.

how can we move when our cheese smells like bum. we need the cheese if we expect to win this very decisive checkers game.

Hurry it up, for God’s sakes or the artillery can’t help you.

I argued it yesterday, I argued it this morning, Hell, I’ve argued against any attack at all.

I guess some folks care about them darkies, but not me sir, I’m fighten for my rats. – Your what? – My rats. (Rights)

I left my spectacles over there, what is the name of this town?

I shot him square in the balls

I thought the war was in Virginia.

In the morning, there’s to be a great battle. Tomorrow or the next day will determin the war.

Lee:I love this time of day,just before dawn.
Lee: I will miss it after all this.
Longstreet: Sir?
Lee: I didn’t mean the fighting.

Longstreet: Good Lord, George, what is that smell?
Pickett: That’s me. Ain’t it lovely?
Armistead: He got it off a dead Frenchman.
Pickett: I did not either get it off a dead Frechman. I bought it in a store down in Richmond with Sally. It did have a French name, now that I think on it. But Miss Corbell liked it.

Mutiny, I thought that was a word for the navy.

My home is in Virgina, the government of my home is home. Virgina wouldn’t allow itself to be ruled by some king in London, and it’s not about to let itself be ruled by some president in Wahington. Virgina is gonna be run by Virgina.

No! Not both of us! Not all of us! Please, God.

Now look here. I cam within an agry mules kick of the whole Yankee cavalry and all the way through a pickettline. Hazardous too. Listen general, I tell you, I don’t know what Jeb Stuart’s doin’. I don’t care, I do my job. Now there’s Yankee cavalry down that road thick as fleas and maybe not two hours hard ridin’ from this here now spot and that by God is the Lord’s truth.

Oh general, I don’t expect you got another one of those, that good Southern tobacco.

See you in hell yankee. See you in hell Johny Reb.

Shoulda gone to the right…

Some came mainly because we were bored at home, thought this looked like it might be fun. Some came because we were ashamed not to. Many of us came because it was the right thing to do. And all of us have seen men die.

Some of the men are waiting for us now up ahead over those ridges. I don’t know, I sometimes feel trobled. Those fellows, those boys in blue, they never quite seem like the enemy. I used to comand some of those boys, swore an oath too.

Stewart: You wished to see me sir? Lee: It is the opinion of some excellent officers that you have let us all down. Stewart: General Lee, sir, if you please tell me who these gentlemen are! Lee: There will be none of that. There is no time. Stewart: Sir, I only ask that I be allowed to defend my… Lee: There is no time! General Stewart, your mission was to free this army from the enemy cavalry and to report any movement by the enemy’s main body. That mission was not fulfilled. You left here with no word of your movement or movement of the enemy for several days. Meanwhile, we were engaged here and drawn into battle without adequate knowledge of the enemy’s strength or position, without knowledge of the grounds. So it is only by God’s grace we did not meet disaster here. Stewart: General Lee there were reasons. Lee: Perhaps you misunderstood my orders? Perhaps I did not make myself clear. Well, sir. This must be made very clear. You, sir, with your cavalry, are the eyes of this army. Without your cavalry we are made blind. That has already happened once. It must never, never, happen again. Stewart: Sir, since I no longer hold the general’s… Lee: I have told you there is no time for that!! There is no time! There is another fight coming tomorrow and we need you. We need every man and God knows. You must take what I have told you and learn from it like a man does. There has been a mistake. It will not happen again. I know your quality. You are one of the finest cavalry officers I have ever known and your service to this army has been invaluable. Now, let us speak no more of this.

That’s different. Generals can do anything. There’s nothing quite so much like God on Earth as a general on a battlefield.

That’s the style Lo! That’s the style!

the reds have made my bottom red

The thing is, you cannot judge a race. Any man who judges by the group is a pea wit. You take men one at a time.

there are times when a corps commanders life dose not count

They ain’t fit to pour pee out of a boot with instructions written under the heel.

They didn’t see much. Boys went in, hit the rocks.

They will charge valiantly, and be butchered valiantly.

Things will get out of hand, General. That is why we have orders.

This is a different kind of army. If you look back at history you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot. They fight for land, power, cause a king tells them or just because they light killing. We are here for something new, this has
not happened much in the history of the war. We are a man out to set other men free. America should be free ground, all of it, not divided be a line between slave state and free, all the way. From here to the Pacific Ocean, no man has to bow, no man born to royalty. Here we judge you on what you do, not who your father was. Here you can be something, here is the place to build a home, but its not the land, there is always more land. It’s the idea that we all have value, you and me. What we are fighting for, in the end, we are fighting for each other.

Thomas Chamberlain: I don’t mean any disrespect for you fightin’ men, but sometimes I can’t help but figure. Why are you all fightin’ this war? Southern soldier(Tennesee): Why are you fightin’ it? Thomas Chamberlain: Well, to free the slaves, of course. Southern soldier(Tennesee): I don’t care about darkies one way or another. Our rights that’s all were fightin’ for (rights sounds like rats in southern dialect) Thomas Chamberlain: For your what? Southern soldier(Tennessee): For our rights. Why can’t you folks just live the way you live and let us live the way we do. Live and let live I’ve heard some people say. It’d be much if some folks take it to heart. Thomas Chamberlain: Where’d you get captured? Southern soldier(Tennesee): Just west of Gettysburg town. Many a good boy lost a long and promisin’ life. Some were blue, some were grey. You’ve seen enough of this war? Thomas Chamberlain: I guess I have. Southern Soldier(Tennesee): I guess I have to. Thomas Chamberlain: Well, I appreciate you talkin’ to me. Southern Soldier(Tennesee): See ya in hell Billy Yank. Thomas Chamberlain: See ya in hell Johnny Reb.

Up men! Up! And to your posts! And let not men forget today that you are from Old Virginia!!!

We do our duty, General. We do what we must do.

we’ve got to be stubborn today

Well, I gotta hand it go ya, George. You certainly do have a talent for trivulizing the momentous and complicating the obvious.

Well, I gotta hand it to ya, George. You certainly do have a talent for trivulizing the momentous and complicating the obvious.

Well, yeah, they’ll come in. They’ll come in when we don’t need ’em no more, like some bank lendin’ you money when you no longer in debt.

What division you boy’s with?

What we’re fighting for, in the end, we’re fighting for each other.

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