As many others have stated for all to read and gain an understanding of the facts concerning the unwanted War For Southern Independence in 1861-1865, one must clearly understand some basic facts first.
The 11 Southern states did not want anything but, freedom from the Union, they never had any desire to gain any land or control of anything beyond their individual states.
The Southern states who became known as The Confederate States of America, did not want war or military conflict, they wanted the U.S. Government to remove itself from the 11 States.
The CSA made every effort to meet with and to discuss payment for any federal property and equipment, as well as to pay it’s fair portion of debt to date, all such efforts to negotiate a settlement were refused by President Buchanan and later Lincoln.
The CSA was attacked after it had a verbal agreement concerning Fort Sumter, the U.S. RENEGED ON THE AGREEMENT AND MANNED AND ARMED THE FORT AND AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS TO GET THE U.S. TO VACATE THE PROPERTY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THE CSA DID IN FACT FORCEFULLY REMOVE THE U.S. TROOPS THERE.
You can site Pensacola Florida and other similar actions as these all were part and parcel to have the U.S. military removed from the CSA.
The CSA and it’s government at no time wanted war, and at no time prior to being attacked had any ideas of an attack on the other Union states and it’s military and or it’s citizens.
Now, as far as the reasons for seceding from the Union, their were many, many reasons, and in some states they spoke about slavery as something some CSA states wanted to retain as well as many statements about unfair tariffs, taxes, and interference in state business and the ability of maintaining individual states rights, and these rights were not the same in every state. But irregardless of this, they only voted to leave the Union and to exercise self control, individual states rights absent from any Federal government involvement.
In the Revolutionary War, this was the very same situation, the American Patriots did not want to take over England, or to kill the King, they wanted to secede from English tyranny, to have self governing and not a King telling them what to do, when, where and how. This is what FREEDOM IS, and every day since 1776 we have been loosing more and more of the Freedoms won, as well as loosing the Christian framework for our founding American nation.
So, i could go on and on, but the facts will not change, the CSA wanted Independence from the Union, and Lincoln said he would not fight to keep slavery, and would not fight to end slavery and he kept his word, he did however fight to keep the economic benefit to the Union that the South provided with the many agricultural products, Cotton, Tobacco, Sugar, Lumber, Rice being chief among them to keep the Northern factories running, the multi millions in taxes, tariffs and profits for Northern businessmen coming in, so he went to WAR. Slavery and the Confederate flag today take the blame, this shields the facts and the blame from those who support Lincoln, the Norths actions and war crimes against the South. The narrative shifted from criminal actions by Lincoln to helping to free slaves and how great Lincoln was. Lincoln did not like black people, he wanted them removed from the U.S., AND HIS SPEECHES ARE CLEAR ON THIS TO ANY WHO WANT THE TRUTH AND ARE UNBIASED ON WHAT HAPPENED, BUT THE NORTHERN LIBERAL SUPPORTER DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THE TRUTH, SO BOOKS, MOVIES, AND STATEMENTS ARE BEING MADE DAILY TO LIE AND MISGUIDE YOU SO AS TO PROTECT WHAT LINCOLN AND HIS DISHONEST MURDERERS SID TO OUR NATION IN 1861-18645 AND STILL HAS MANY NEGATIVE AFFECTS TODAY.
Lincolns actions were unjust, while I am not for slavery, I live in 2015, 1861 was a different time, different standards, different needs to live, so do not use 2015 standards on the war. It was wrong, it should not have happened, but the NORTH UNDER LINCOLN IS TO BLAME, NOT THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND NOT SLAVERY.