“The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slaveholders–they are atheists, socialists, communists, red republicans, Jacobins on the one side and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is the battleground–Christianity and atheism the combatants, and the progress of humanity is at stake.”

James Henley Thornwell on what was at stake in the War for Southern Independence

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