The phrase a favorite of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. He used the phrase to illustrate one of his ideas that the South could not afford to put all of its bright young men on the front lines. Why?
War in its essence is a bloody waste of life. Perhaps he felt that young men should be left alive to build or rebuild the CSA after the war.
What do you think about that idea? Should the young be kept from the front as a promise to the ‘future’ of a country?