And however our eyes may be dazzled, or our ears deceived by sound;
however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding,
the simple voice of nature and of reason will say, it is right.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
What we need to remember most of all is that the Civil War is not over until we, today, have done our part in fighting it, as well as understanding what happened when the Civil War generation fought it. The Civil War is still going on, it’s still to be fought, and, regrettably, it can still be lost.