"Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish.
And the war came."
- Abraham Lincoln, from his Second Inaugural Address (1865)
Flag Day 2012 - 1861, And The War Came
It's Flag Day 2012. Do you recognize this flag? Read on.
Indeed, it did. Below is the flag that flew over Fort Sumter, the beginning of what seems more and more to me to be a pyrrhic victory to restore the Union: