Compromise was dead. On December 20, 1860 the very idea of a United States of America began to unravel.

Jacobson, Eric A. (2013-11-01). For Cause and Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill & the Battle of Franklin (Kindle Location 264). O’More Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Shelby Foote on our failure to compromise:

It was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising. Our true genius is for compromise. Our whole government’s founded on it. And, it failed.

From Ken Burns, The Civil War