Reading up on the Bombardment of Fort Sumter -150th anniversary date April 12-13, makes me feel that our side (the good guys) played right into Lincoln's hands. If we had just negotiated a little longer, and not fired that first shot I wonder what "might have been".
Shakespeare wrote "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves". Of course this is a rather existential way of looking at things. We Calvinists know that the Scriptures teach "the king's heart is in the Hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes" (Proverbs 21:1).
But all the same, by firing the first shot, the Confederates were right where Mr. Lincoln wanted them. Reducing Fort Sumter was an easy but very costly victory - ah, the luxury of "hindsight"! Readers, what do you think?