Today is Memorial Day, originally Decorations Day, a day for the dead from both sides of the Civil War.
The Civil War killed more Americans than any more in American history. Following the end of major combat operations and the subsequent military occupation and guerrilla war, the situation was similar to before it began: broad home rule for the South, and Union control of foreign and military policy. Slavery was ended, though “slave-like” conditions persisted, and civil rights would not be enforced in the South until the 1950s, then a far less bloody method was found.
May our leaders have the wisdom to know when to fight, and how to fight, and what the costs will be.