The South is Republican because of various racial issues.
The current governor of South Carolina is Mark Sanford. A Republican. http://www.garyjohnson2012.com
In the 1856 election, John C. Fremont became the first Republican candidate for president. He lost the election to James Buchanan. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the presidential election. His election, however, was the final catalyst for the secession of the South, causing the Civil War to begin.
Lincoln was Republican so anti-Republican resentment was wide-spread throughout the post-war South.
He forced the south to stay loyal and forced the south to give up slavery.
The Republican Party candidates in 1860 were Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, Simon Cameron, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln won the presidency, South Carolina formally seceded from the Union.
Made Douglas unpopular in the South, which helped to split the Democratic party, so that the Republican presidential candidate (Lincoln) was bound to win.
Lincoln committed himself to reuniting the union at any cost. Although he was elected on the anti-slavery Republican ticket, Lincoln's main reason for going to war was not to stop slavery, but to restore the union. He didn't believe the southerners even had the legal right to secede.
As soon as the result of the Presidential election came in - with Lincoln as the first Republican president.
The Southern states did not want the Republican Abraham Lincoln to be elected into office. Before Lincoln took the presidential seat, seven states in the South had already called delegates to succeed from the Union.
In the Summer of 1864, radical Republicans did not see the progress they expected from US President Lincoln's efforts to end the war and end slavery. Lincoln was a moderate Republican and to many of the radicals, he had been too soft on the South. This, in 1864, was an unfair charge against Lincoln. He and his generals were doing all that was possible to force the South into a surrender. Lincoln feared that the Republican Party would not nominate him as their candidate for the November 1864 presidential election.
I believe you are referring to a quote by President Abraham Lincoln.
After Lincoln was assassinated, his plan for reconstruction was stopped and cancelled by the Radical Republican, who had the majority in the Congress.