Re: Rep. John Minor Botts
Also, the turmoil and violence in Kansas and Missouri that preceded the event in 1859. Perhaps the War started before Lincoln's election, before Secession, before Ft. Sumpter. There was a cultural and political schism between the North and South dating back to the first American Revolution. Lincoln's election was like throwing gasoline on a fire. Botts is just trying to tell us who furnished the gasoline.