The American Civil War was a unsuccessful revolutionary war fought in the mid 19th century when slaveholding states within the southern United States refused to give up slavery or recognize the federal government under Abraham Lincoln. The resulting war of succession saw the formation of the Confederate States of America and one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history as countrymen turned on each other. The final result was the defeat of the CSA and the continued preservation of the USA.
The first American patriarch of the Lang family, Alphonse Oliver Lang, fought in this war, having been enslaved previously, escaping from his plantation and volunteering to fight. This member of the Lang family allied himself with the Union forces and combated the secessionists, as his own freedom was at stake.