"The triumphs of Christianity rest this very hour upon slavery; and slavery depends on the triumphs of the South...This war is the servant of slavery." -- Methodist Rev. John T. Wightman, preaching at Yorkville, South Carolina, The Glory of God, the Defence of the South, 1861. "The question of Slavery is the rock upon which the Old Government split: it is the cause of secession." -- G. T. Yelverton, of Coffee County, Alabama, speaking to the Alabama Secession Convention on Jaunary 25, 1861. "Sir, the great question which is now uprooting this Government to its foundation---the great question which underlies all our deliberations here, is the question of African slavery." -- Thomas F. Goode, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, March 28, 1861, Virginia Secession Convention, vol. II, p. 518.