Fair enough. No Confederate soldier had been killed by any Union force prior to the Declaration of War.
Since the subject was the constitutionality of secession and not battle casualties, I really don't see what it has to do with the subject.
I'll answer your other items in sequence, when I can get back to it.
I look forward to you response.
My argument in post #100 included 10 items, of which items 1 - 4 dealt with the constitutionality of secession.
Items 5 - 10 covered the Confederacy's insurrections and formal declaration of war on the United States.
Item 9 simply pointed out that there was no physical war -- and no Confederate soldiers had been killed -- before the Confederacy decided to start, wage and formally declare war on the United States.
The real truth of the matter is that Confederates wanted war, because they expected to win, and believed war was by far simpler than waging many years of compromising legal battles in the Supreme Court, in Congress or in elections necessary to achieve a constitutionally authorized secession by mutual consent.