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|Thank you for your opinions and corrections Texas Defender and Hellcat! The main factor examined in this book that has been ignored by historians is that the leader of the abolitionists, and putative founder of the Republican Party, was from the South -- James G. Birney. And his Southern-born sons were much more prominent as Union Army leaders than historians have given them credit for, especially in recruiting and leading black troops that provided an extra 10 percent of manpower. Lincoln was willing to compensate slaveholders for their slaves but it seemed a fight was inevitable given the widespread and longstanding influence of the Code Duello (until after the War); its persistent effect is clear since Ky had a law banning it until just a few decades ago.