How can we not understand the frustration the Southern States felt? They had their hands tied by a Federal system that was leading them to disaster. I dunno, maybe just firing the cannon and getting the war going was thought to be an attempt at suicide by some but others saw it as a louder tea dumping show. We know the rest, it snowballed.
That's also interesting about Meigs. He was a bit out of the 'mold' wasn't he? Not quite by the book.
That's funny. The "Mens Rights". I can think of quite a few reasons the wives went to visit and they aren't because of the length of travel or the mode they had to use. Go Ladies!!!