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|Sgt Ramsey, I do like your "absolute belief in the cause" characterization. Can you imagine how it would have gone if Robert E Lee had doubts about leaving the US Army to fight for Virginia? Or if Sherman had entertained second thoughts about why he was battling his way through Georgia?
The belief in the cause had to be a consideration for Union generals, some of whom fought to preserve the Union but weren't particularly committed to ending slavery while others were fanatic abolitionists and did fight to end slavery. This created a situation in which highly committed generals were fighting for two different causes although they fought on the same side.