What is it about the modern GOP that so many of its leaders are correct on the righteousness of either the Civil War or the Iraq War, but rarely both?

“I’m not an American. I’m a citizen of the Confederate States of America, which has been under military occupation for the past hundred thirty years.”

Without Longstreet and with little more than half as many men as an enemy that had initially outmaneuvered him, Lee had grasped the initiative, gone over to the attack, and had repeatedly divided and manuevered his forces in such a way as to give them superiority or equality of numbers at the point of attack. Like a rabbit mesmerized by the gray fox, Hooker was frozen into immobility and did not use half his power at any time in the battle.

There will never be anything more interesting in America than that Civil War never.

“Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts while I must not touch a hair of a wily agitator who induces him to desert?”

Meeting resistance from Wheeler’s cavalry at some rain-swollen streams and rivers, the blue coats sent out flanking columns that waded through water up to their armpits, brushing aside alligators and snakes, and drove the rebels away…The Yankees built miles of bridges and crossed it. “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it,” commented Hardee. Northward lapped the blue wave at a rate of nearly ten miles a day for forty-five days including skirmishing and fighting. Rain fell twenty-eight of these days, but this served to benefit South Carolina only slightly damping the style of Sherman’s arsonists. “When I learned that Sherman’s army was marching through the back swamps, making its own corduroy roads at the rate of a dozen miles a day,” said Joseph Johnston, “I made up my mind that there had been no such army in existence since the days of Julius Caesar.”

But Republicans everywhere endorsed the principle of Morton’s action: the Constitution must be stretched in order to save constitutional government from destruction by rebellion.