And I think that like most ardent neo confederate kool aid drinkers you are delusional. Mr. D is not even a historian he is a economist. His central thesis is the claim that slavery was not the main issue of secession. The statements of the southern leaders before and during the war, their articles of secession, the speeches and letters of their secession commissioners, and the topic (slavery) of the presidential debates between Douglas and Lincoln prove that he is wrong. Here is a debate Between Dilorenzo and Harry Jaffa one of the premier Lincoln scholars. http://www.independent.org/events/transcript.asp?eventID=9 No sounds more like modern Liberal pap that wants to insist that war be conducted like a police action instead of war. OMG, bad things happened during a war, who would have thought??? And the Yankees were not the only ones rampaging, Confederate deserters where causing a huge problem and doing a great deal of damge to southern citizens themselves. And we have no less an authority on this than Robert E. Lee himself.