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|I believe the transcontinental railroad issue in the pre-Civil War era also contributed to the animosity between the sides. I was never very enamored with Davis because of his consistent poor choice in generals. (Maybe because I am a born and bred northern gal? Don't know) Sibley drank to excess... perhaps. So did several others, though; perhaps so many they are too numerous to mention here. Yet, at the start of the conflict, the preponderance of experienced military men were with the South. Removal of poor generals (Hood, Early, Sibley, Mahone, etc.) and advancement of tried and true military men (such as Longstreet) might have turned the tide.... if only a bit. Davis was the sole decision maker, though.