Why Fight a War You Know You'll Lose?. In light of the economic advantages of the North over the South, it seems in retrospect almost irrational for the South to have engaged the North militarily. Why did the South secede? . Visual 18.1 Why Did the South Secede from the Union?. Was the South irrational to fight the Civil War? Some people thought so. William Faulker, a distinguished novelist from Mississippi, put the question in these terms:Who else would have declared a war against a power wi22
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