…the way God intended, and, unlike now, when the CIA approves everything first, we were easily deceived:
Oates (Colonel William C.) and Wadell (his adjutant) ate with a family where one of the young women, while expressing her loyalty to the Union, thought that the best way to stop the war would be for the armies to hang both President Lincoln and President Davis. According to the Alabama colonel, the people were “remarkably ignorant” of the causes of the war and thought it a quarrel between “two ambitious men.”
(from High Tide at Gettysburg, Glenn Tucker, 1958)
Thankfully, with the Age of the Internet, we’ve moved beyond that kind of uninformed thinking.