(This article by Joe Alton first appeared in the Daily Caller)
The deep political divisions that have plagued the nation during the 21st Century have been compared to the Civil War of the 19thCentury. This Civil War, however, is most “un-civil”.
The war between the North and South is, perhaps, mischaracterized as a civil war. In a civil war, two factions are battling for control of a single government. The South, having no interest in dominion over Lincoln’s government, seceded instead to form their own. A better example would be the English Civil War of the 17th Century, where Royalists and Puritans fought for dominance.