Its Alice in Wonderland like of Virginia says that slavery was just One reason for for the civil war. In fact he never mentions it until hes called out. Gee i thought that was all about. In fact i thought the South seceded when Abe Lincoln and the Republicans won the election Virginia brings back Confederate History Month - The Trentonian News: Serving Trenton and surrounding communities. (trentonian.com) McDonnell said slavery was not the lone issue contested in the war that ended with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender in 1865 at Appomattox Court House, about 75 miles west of Richmond. "There were any number of aspects to that conflict between ,the states. Obviously it involved slavery, it involved other issues, but I focused on the ones that I thought were most significant for Virginia" McDonnell said.