Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Both sides thought it was going to be a nice, short, sweet conflict. In the hubris that often grips nations in the early stages of war, both North and South, convinced of the righteousness of their own cause and their own superior martial skills, were convinced that each would make short work of the other. One soldier from Alabama wrote that he could whip 25 Yankees on his own and James Russell Lowell wrote, “I hoped to see things settle ‘fore this fall, The Rebbles licked, Jeff Davis hanged, an’ all.” And then the rivers of blood began to flow.