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|CPT Crow, I disagree that the war was about simple economics. The American Civil War was a clash between agrarian and industrialized cultures. Economics (in terms of slavery) played a role, however, differing interpretations of the Constitution were at the heart of the matter. I think that very few Federal Soldiers would have seen themselves as "knights in shining armor" (as CPT Crow puts it) to rescue slaves (though there were a few), however, I do think that as the war continued many began to support destroying slavery as a policy to end the war and to punish the fire-breathers who, in their eyes, had brought on the war.