Deo Vindice

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Great Seal of the Confederate States, displaying the motto "Deo Vindice".

Deo Vindice (English: Under God, our Vindicator), was the motto of the Confederate States of America (CSA), and was engraved on their official seal. The CSA firmly believed that the Christian God was on their side during the American Civil War, and made repeated proclamations to that effect. The Confederate Senator Thomas Semmes, in proposing this motto, took pains to stress that the USA had "deviated in the most emphatic manner from the spirit that presided over the construction of the Constitution of the United States, which is silent on the subject of the Deity", and he clearly expected this invocation to bring his side victory.

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