Now, I have come across a book that makes the same point — that preservation of the Union was, for Lincoln — a moral cause worthy of fighting the Civil War.
The first dictionary definition of the word “moral” is “of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior.”
What was the great principle involved in preserving the Union?
Was there, in all republics, this inherent and fatal weakness?
Could such a government be maintained against a ‘formidable’ attempt to overthrow it from within?
Could it demonstrate to all the world that such a government could have the strength to prevent a successful appeal from ballots back to bullets?