I'm glad he saved the Union and all but he pretty much fricked the south after the war.
If I'm not mistaken Lincoln actually wanted to bring the South back into the Union on friendlier terms. He wasn't for the harsh Reconstruction policy the Radical Republicans laid on the South. I believe Booth did a great disservice to the South by killing Lincoln.
And yes, Lincoln chose to use force to bring the South back in and it is because of that force that the Union stands today.
This post was edited on 7/4 at 11:57 pm