Reveal The Truth, The War for Southern Independence. Confederate General Patrick Cleburne. Slavery was not the cause of the Civil War! Excessive taxes, states rights and lack of fair representation in the federal government led the Southern states to legally secede. Text: "Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy, that our youths will be taught by Northern school teachers; learn from Northern school books THEIR version of the war."