Ok, here goes:
Exactly, it was an issue of state's rights, to a large extent, however, you fail to see the whole picture. One must remember the Alien and Sedition Acts(as well as the Naturalization Act, a seperate, to me, act, that falls under the scope of these acts), as a sign of what happens when there is too much power in federal hands. The South feared the loss of state rights, and, more specifically, the loss of the balance in power shared by the North and the South in previous years. One must remember that there is a long history for state's rights in America, notably the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798, the Hartford Convention(where many New England states talked about seceeding from the Union), and the South Carolina Nullification Ordinance of 1832, nullifying the Tariff of Abominations. As you can see, there is much precedence for the actions taken by the South.
One must also not forget the economic implications, which are a huge factor in the cause of The War.
is just plain bull. It is called the United States of America, the states joined the Union, and they also have the right to leave the Union. That land is not "governmenal land," that was state land, I see only tyranny and oppression when I see the Union trying to force the South to stay.When they seceded, they took United States land with it. Now I don't know about you, but I would consider that as treason and seizure of governmental lands.
How is invading a group of states that seceeded(a precedent started, remember, by the New England states, the very states that were then saying secession is not allowed), and declared themselves a separate, sovereign nation, not a horrible thing?"Northern Aggression" only came about to absorb the South back into the Union.
1. Sharpsburg is the other name for Antietam(and the true name), Manassas Juction is the other name for Bull Run(remember, there are two battles of Manassas, btw).
2. You are correct about the draw at Sharpsburg, and the aftermath. Also, the main reason for the "Emancipation Proclamation" was to keep Britain from siding with the South(the North had boarded several British vessels, angering Britain), purely a political move(and a sneaky one at that, notice the fine print of the Emancipation Proclamation states that those living in northern slave states are still slaves), not for any altruistic reasons.
3. Partly a reason for secession, I agree. Also, I think that Lincoln was a snake. Not very fond of him, at the very least.