It’s the 152d anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter and the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. Here’s Malissa and Bernard Mollberg, with Mike Bond, Mike Fowler, and Louie Bond, performing the old Southern Unionist song of mountaineers going off to join the Boys in Blue, “Going Across the Mountain.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.