His attempts at negotiation failed miserably, and during his first weeks in office his Union and the newly created Confederate States of America remained locked in a tense yet peaceful stalemate.That is, until .The secession crisis may help explain why Confederate leadership chose to use force to protest the presence of a Union fort in South Carolina, but the predicament itself doesn't give us the nitty gritty answers to the question of the war's cause. Why, exactly, did South Carolina—and ultimately eleven southern states—dump the Union?


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