Civil War

Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated President, the Civil War began this day, April 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in Charleston, South Carolina, firing upon Fort Sumter. The Confederate Army was unstoppable, twice winning battles at Bull Run, Virginia, just twenty miles from Washington, D.C., forcing the Union troops to retreat to the fortifications of the Capitol.

It wasn’t until the Battle of Gettysburg, over two years into the war, that the tide began to turn. President Lincoln confided: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.


2 thoughts on “Civil War”

  1. Read the whole article from which the text below is taken here:

    “Lincoln never joined a church and was opposed by almost all the ministers of Springfield, Illinois, when he ran for president. He was infamous for his dirty jokes and even his criticisms of Scripture. There is no explicit evidence that he ever became a Christian, and some of his contemporaries even believed that he was probably an atheist. As James Ostrowski has written (“DiLorenzo vs. His Critics on the Lincoln Myth,” LRC Archives), the “church of Lincoln” is “the church of a man who had no Church.”

    Lincoln was nevertheless brilliant in his use of religious language and images to mesmerize Northern audiences, especially the hyper-puritanical New England Yankees and their upper Midwest brethren. After launching a war that he apparently thought would last only a few months, Lincoln distanced himself more and more from responsibility for his own decisions by invoking religion. By the time of his Second Inaugural, when over a half million young American men had been killed in the war, he was to the point of absolving himself entirely from any responsibility for all the war?s death and destruction. He declared that “the war came,” as though he had nothing to do with it, and said that it was all out of his hands and a matter of God?s will. He theorized that God was punishing America for the sin of slavery. This argument was nonsensical on its face, however, since it ignored the fact that some 95 percent of all the slaves that were brought to the western hemisphere ended up outside the U.S., where no such “punishment” was being executed by the Lord. Why would God punish Americans for the sin of slavery but no one else?

    In his Second Inaugural Lincoln quoted at length Mathew 18:7 and Luke 17:1 in order to make the argument that both North and South were being punished for the sin of slavery.

    As Charles Adams writes in When in the Course of Human Events (p. 205), “Lincoln?s Jehovah complex gave the war a psychopathic Calvinistic fatalism, with God directing the whole affair and punishing both North and South for tolerating slavery.” The slaughter of hundreds of thousands of young men, the killing of civilians, the massive theft of private property, and the burning of entire towns by federal soldiers would continue until God decided otherwise. “Not even the maddest of religious fanatics,” Adams writes, “ever uttered words to equal Lincoln?s second inaugural address.”

    Lincoln?s cynical political manipulation of religion was the perfect Straussian subterfuge. It was the perfect propaganda tool for sugarcoating a bloody and imperialistic war of conquest. Little wonder that contemporary Straussian neocons think of Lincoln as “the greatest statesman in world history”: He was an extreme nationalist; an enemy of constitutionally limited government and genuine natural rights; a skilled political conniver, manipulator and deceiver; and a phony religionist. Perfect.”

  2. It’s reminiscent of Saddam Hussein; once the great secular socialist, it was only after he got desperate that he brought religion into the equation, portraying himself as a great defender of Islamic Civilization.

    Instead of the ruthless, murdering thug that he was.

    How tragic that the bad guys won the War For Southern Independence.

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