It is often opined that the Iraq anti-war crowd traces its roots back to the Viet Nam era 1960's. This movement can, indeed, be considered the descendant of the '60's-- the 1860's. Cindy Sheehan's, et al., family tree has a trunk formed by the Democrat Copperheads of Lincoln's day.
The Ironic Copper in the Lincoln Penny
Mackubin Thomas Owens writes in NRO an article titled, 'Abraham Copperheads, Then and Now: The Democratic legacy of undermining war efforts':
"Weber [Jennifer, in her book, Copperheads: The Rise an Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North, which Owens is examining] demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the actions of the Copperheads materially damaged the ability of the Lincoln administration to prosecute the war." [...]
"It is certain that the Union soldiers tired of hearing from the Copperheads that the Rebels could not be defeated. They surely tired of being described by the Copperheads as instruments of a tyrannical administration trampling the legitimate rights of the Southern states. The soldiers seemed to understand fairly quickly that the Copperheads preferred Lincoln’s failure to the country’s success. They also recognized that the Copperheads offered no viable alternative to Lincoln’s policy except to stop the war." [...]
"These words of the La Crosse [WI!] Democrat responding to Lincoln’s re-nomination could just as easily have been written about Bush: “May God Almighty forbid that we are to have two terms of the rottenest, most stinking, ruin working smallpox ever conceived by fiends or mortals…” The recent lament of left-wing bloggers that Vice President Dick Cheney was not killed in a suicide bombing attempt in Pakistan echoes the incendiary language of Copperhead editorialist Brick Pomeroy who hoped that if Lincoln were re-elected, “some bold hand will pierce his heart with dagger point for the public good.”" [...]
"The Copperheads often abandoned all decency in their pursuit of American defeat in the Civil War. One Connecticut Copperhead told his neighbors that he hoped that all the men who went to fight for the Union cause would “leave their Bones to Bleach on the soil” of the South."
"The late nineteenth century Democratic party paid a high price for the influence of the Copperheads during the Civil War, permitting Republicans to “wave the bloody shirt” of rebellion and to vilify the party with the charge of disunion and treason."
Who will win the nomination to run for President in 2008 from the Democopperhead Party?