The idea of kind ol' Bobby Lee, the gentleman military genius, opposed by careless butchers was a powerful one. I think any semblance of honor must be stripped from the architects of secession. Meaning, poor whites can happily believe that their grandparents fought honorably for home and hearth, but the Confederate leadership must be denounced as traitors to humanity who tricked the poor Southern man into fighting against his interests. Something of a "clean Wehrmacht" myth to allow the Confederates to rationalize their defeat and still condemn their leaders, as horrible as that myth is in real life and would be ITTL since those Southern soldiers have taken willing part in terror and massacre, would be useful for Reconstruction.Huh?
I think some committees should be established to punish the worst Union criminals. Those who fought because it allowed them opportunities to kill and loot, rather than because of Union and Liberty; and those who were so brutal that no one would question them being hanged. Undoubtedly, some criminals will escape unscathed because they sided with the Union, but some should be hanged to show the South that justice will be impartial and swift.Thats the other thing, what will happen to the union gorillas and the confederate ones. I can see the army's personal being punished for their crimes but its a little more difficult with partisans given that there are union loyal ones.
Some radicals were willing to even advocate for Northern secession IOTL, so I could see them reasoning that as long as the principles are the same, it's permissible to change the structure. But yeah, it wouldn't fly with the moderates. Besides, some radicals were opposed to disenfranchisement IOTL because it's an obvious contradiction to advocate republican government yet rule over large swathes of people without a say in public affairs. They may not have such qualms ITTL, but although I think that disenfranchisement will go farther and last longer than IOTl, it's not a permanent solution. That's why land and guns for the Black community will be so important, together with stronger laws.It is an interesting balance of ideological imperatives at work with Radical Republicans. On the one hand there is the stain of America's Original Sin that has to be obliterated, by whatever means necessary. On the other hand, there was a deep belief that the U.S. constititional order was the best ever devised by man, which is why they were so dedicated to preserving it whole, everywhere. The more you tinker with the actual structures, the more that imperative gets called into question.