The words of this article warm the heart. He is spot-on about the real underlying reasons for the Civil War
Jerry Patterson is really a great guy. Not only did he push through the concealed handgun law for Texas when he was a legislator, but he didn't have to write this story.
It took some courage as a statewide elected official to write an article that is definitely not politically correct.
Even though it's historically accurate.
And yet the Border wars between Missouri and Kansas was all about whether Kansas would be a free or slave state. States rights and succession did not enter into it. The civil war was being fought on the Kansas Missouri border for years before a shot was fired at Ft. Sumner. The cause of this conflict was pretty much about slavery.
Actually the Southerners characterized the Yankees as Calvinist round-heads, in contrast with the "Cavalier" ethos of the South.
The book was "Company Atch" , though I don't recall the author's name. It was one hell of a read though. It gave a private's account of the war and the first chapter outlined the causes, from his perspective.
Come to think of it, the book is so well written that you wonder if either: he was actually an officer posing as a private, or, southerners were generally better educated and literate than modern depictions would have you believe.