A Resolution was passed unanimously by Congress July 23, 1861 (AFTER Ft. Sumter):
"The war is waged by the Government of the United States, not in the spirit of conquest or subjugation, nor for the purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or institutions of the states, but to defend and protect the Union."
THIS IS THE NORTH in their own words.
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Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928: Truths of History (ca. 1920) (multiple formats at archive.org)
See especially Truths of History where this item came from.
This is the most compelling document I have found in many years.
From her eulogy in the Confederate Veteran is the following:
An active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from its organization, she was known as a leader in the work in the Georgia Division and was honored by high office in Chapter and Division, and had been made Life Historian of that Division. For five years she served as Historian General, U.D.C., and made that office one of the most important in the general organization, by which she was later made Honorary President. She was President of the Ladies Memorial Association of Athens, Ga., from 1888 to her death, and had been Historian General, C.S.M.A., since 1921; and she was also an officer of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association. The University of Georgia, with which her father was long connected, some years ago conferred upon her its honorary degree, an honor proudly received. [page 368-9, Confederate Veteran, Vol. 36 No. 9, September 1928.]