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Impact of the Murder of Abraham Lincoln

Occasional skirmishes by Confederate border raiders in Missouri transitioning from Quantrill's Raiders into Jesse James' outlaw band would still continue. There was a futile battle yet to be fought in Texas, ironically, won by Confederate forces. But, for all strategically practical purposes, the American Civil War had come to an end with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's forces to those of General U.S. ("Unconditional Surrender") Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9th, less than a week earlier.

The Civil War: St. Augustine wrote in the City of God (XXII, 6), "A great deal depends on the causes for which men undertake wars, and on the authority they have for doing so." In the popular mythology surrounding the President on the penny, the Civil War was the Great Crusade led by the Great Man. In the same passage Augustine went on to write the raison d'etre for all "just" wars in the Western civilization to follow: "When war is undertaken in obedience to God, who would rebuke, or humble, or crush the pride of man, it must be allowed to be a righteous war." Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, freed the African-American population of the Southern states from slavery; it took the Civil War, it took Union victory, to enforce Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. It was a righteous war by all "moral" accounts.

Without a doubt - save for the fact that, during his presidency, Lincoln endured the sort


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