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: On the day before Christmas, 1860, the future scourge of Georgia, William Tecumseh Sherman, graduate of West Point and soon to be the late Superintendent of the institution that would become Louisiana State University, was speaking of the looming conflict with his friend and eager secessionist, Professor David French Boyd of Virginia. β€œThe North can make a steam engine, locomotive or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical and determined people on earth, right at your doors. You are bound to fail.” He was supremely correct.

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