I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.

On April 12, 1861 saw the beginning of events which would shake the United States to its foundation. Before even reaching its 100th birthday, the United States faced the most serious threat to survival it has ever faced: the War Between the States.
Over the next four years, no town and no family would be untouched by the horrors of war. The unimaginable devastation left 620,000 soldiers dead, making it the deadliest war in the history of the United States. Slavery was abolished, the Federal Government became stronger, and the country was left with deep wounds which would takes decades to heal.
North Jersey Civil War Round Table

Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis faced each other with deadly resolve.