He may be too enamored of Lincoln (Father is a Straussian, isn't he?) but this a good essay and I am surprised that a Catholic intellectual is speaking thusly, and that it is being published at a (Roman Catholic) website.
On Reconsidering the Southern Cause by James V. Schall, S.J.
What I see appears to be a vengeful elimination of any memory or dignity in the South, a dignity the peace after the Civil War thought it wise to allow
Walter E. Williams on secession: Historical Ignorance