The Rebellion was what my ancestors called the civil conflict ended by Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender to the Union army at Appomattox 150 years ago. One of my prosperous forebears had what he thought it had been about chiseled on the monument he erected to his country's freedoms.
I was surprised to learn from historian David W. Blight's essay at The Atlantic that
It seems to me that we ought to be celebrating this event -- it's not something to rush past without ceremony.
Moral progress prevailed in that war. Slavery was overturned by force of arms and at great human cost. As in all wars, participants' motives were mixed, complicated, not often heroic. But without much wanting to, Northerners could claim that their kin had "died to make men free." If there is anything in the history of this country worth celebrating, it is that the better side triumphed in 1865.
Echoing President Lincoln's Gettysburg formula, Brian Beutler proposes a new federal holiday:
In a followup article, he explains to his numerous detractors
Insofar as the modern successors of the nuliifiers and secessionists again try to impede further progress toward human freedom, their project is still morally odious.