why were they seceding ? why were they withdrawing ? what rights did they feel were threatened ? why did tariffs affect the south differently than the north ? why did they want to expand into the territories ? why did they need a majority representation in congress ? why did the first land battle occur in area that the local population considered more closely tied to Pennsylvania and Ohio than Virginia ?The secession documents fully reveal that the intention of the seceding states was to peacefully withdraw from the voluntary union of states known as the United States. The war was fought because the United States refused to recognize that the seceding states were perfectly entitled to establish a government of their own choosing. Just as the Founders had done.
England did not think the colonies had the right to choose a government of their choosing. What would have happened to the Founders if they had lost and been caught ?
What the Founders did was illegal and they knew it but hoped to win and not face charges. the Founders declaration claimed all men were created equal (although they were hypocrites) and the confederate declarations claimed the opposite. some of the southern states had adopted the AoC. how did they get out of the promise of perpetual union it declared ? the constitution did not address or authorize a release from that promise just as it did not specify a mechanism for secession. there is no need to address that which does not exist.