The Civil War began when President Lincoln began to support banning slavery from the States. The South believed this was a violation of their constitutional rights. Not because they wanted to own the slaves but because they were being forced to release them. As a matter of fact, when the war began in 1861, the south was in the process of freeing all their slaves; following an example made by Russia in 1859, when they released all their servants. Many of these men (Freed black southern men) even went on to fight in the war against the North. Many men of different ethnic groups fought with southern pride. And along with those many men, many flags were flown.