Civil wars are horrendous and bloody affairs. That’s why we should avoid them. They happen when two sides cannot settle on who runs the country. When they can’t reconcile the matter through elections, the country falls apart. When one side does not accept the election results, we have a countdown to a civil war.
This is a dangerous time. Americans in 1859 had no idea of the cataclysm that lay ahead for them just a few years later.