Thanks for the pointer. I'm your basic small government libertarian. Don't tax me to death and leave me the f alone to live my life as I see fit. I'd also like my small government to actually stick to a strict reading of the Constitution but that seems to be too much to ask for.
Actually not? No one recognized the Confederacy as a legal government. The Brits and French recognized them as belligerants which I suppose meant they thought the south was fighting a legal war but that was as far as they went. The secession was extra-Constitutional and thus completely illegal.
Interesting that you keep calling it war time. Who are we at war with? And if we're not at war why are the bad guys subject to military and not civilian justice?