With the possible exception of the American Revolution, the war between the States marked this country's history and psyche as has no other. Measured in terms of sacrifice that touched almost every home, of battles fought and Jives lost, it was the greatest war in the history of the Nation prior to Pearl Harbor. The tattered flags from its fields of glory are treasured, North and South. Monuments to its heroes stand in all our older cities. 1
Dillon, John F.
"The Role of Riverine Warfare in the Civil War,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 26
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol26/iss3/7