That "war of Northern agression" crap is a case of the Confederate apologists and white supremecists taking a page from the National Socialist playbook. It's another example of the use of the big lie. If you shout something loudly enough and long enough, people will begin to believe it. After the Brits agreed to the Treaty of Paris in 1783, they continued to hold Detroit and Florida until the United States satisfied the claims of British subjects for losses and damages arising out of the revolution. Yet these clowns expect us to believe that these coteries of political terrorists should be allowed to seize Federal property without compensation, and no one should have said "Boo" to them.
The state of South Carolina raised troops and laid siege to the Federal installations in the harbor at Charleston--and the act of raising said troops and levying war was a clear violation of the third paragraph of Article One, Section ten of the constitution. Troops of Alabama and Florida, equally raised and maintained in violation of the constitution, seized Federal property. An armed mob attempted (and failed) to drive Lt. Slemmer and his detachment out of Fort Barrancas. After Slemmer and company had spiked the guns and destroyed all of the powder they were unable to carry out to Fort Pickens in the harbor, and had themselves removed to Fort Pickens, Florida and Alabama troops occupied Forts Barrancas and McCrae. Forces of the state of South Carolina fired on Star of the West
as she attempted to enter the harbor at Charleston to reinforce and re-supply Major Anderson.
All of that took place before January 10, 1861. President Buchanan took an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, just as Mr. Lincoln would do on March 4, 1861. Subsequently to those acts, and prior to Mr. Lincoln's inauguration, seven states formed a confederacy at Montgomery, Alabama, which clearly violates the first paragraph of Article One, Section ten of the constitution. No American President could knuckle under to a pack of terrorists like those--it would be political suicide. You can easily imagine how a modern President would be treated if he or she caved in to this kind of threat, the more so as the enemy were obviously unable to match the United States in arms. Yet we are to believe that somehow it was Mr. Lincoln's fault, that the South was forced into a war, that the war was not about the institution of slavery, and that the South were the innocent victims of Yankee aggression.
I suspect that there are any number of yahoos who do swallow bullshit like that. After all, Lee and Jackson are veritable saints in the American military pantheon, which is also no accident, but the product of an intentional and concerted propaganda campaign beginning with Jubal Early in the 1870s after the death of Lee.
Essentially, what happened is that the South started a war they couldn't win. Their collective mouth wrote checks their collective ass couldn't cash. It would be laughable and pathetic were it not for the fact that it cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, while hundreds of thousands more were maimed for life.
But the big lie is alive and well. This thread isn't worth the candle any longer, because all we've got is a pack of fools largely ignorant of the subject they are arguing, and two of them inferentially acknowledging that slavery was
the cause of the war. Don't doubt for a moment that they will continue to babble about issues they don't understand, and to continue to argue with them will be to feed the trolls. I'll not indulge in that any further.