A Confederate blockade runner could pay for his ship with just two successful voyages.
"I think we understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have our names spelled wrong in the newspapers."
~ General William Tecumseh Sherman
" I never could quite enjoy being a "Conquering Hero."... I can fight for a cause I know to be just, can risk my own life and the lives of those in my keep, without a thought of the consequences; but when we've conquered, when we've downed the enemy and won the victory, I don't want to hurrah. I want to go off all by myself and be sorry for them."
~ General George E. Picket,
in a letter to his future wife, Sally,
June 24, 1863
More than sixty-eight American Revolutions could have been financed for the estimated cost of the Civil War.