I don't think so. They were fighting for the right to governThe southerners chose to fight for their "right" to have slaves. They died because they believed the right to keep slaves was
worth fighting for.
themselves. Only at a certain point of the war did
Lincoln guarentee freedom to the slaves. Another example
would be the our revolution. Our founders did not fight
because tarrifs were too high. They fought because
they wanted to right to govern themselves the way they saw fit.