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 Posted: Sun Dec 16th, 2007 06:42 pm
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39th Miss. Walker

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While the main cause of the war was the slavery issue it was not the only reason many served in many different capacities.
Patriotism for their country or state. Up until the war the central government was the weaker and the allegiance of most was to their state, not the country. In the North many signed up were immigrants because for the first time in their life they finally saw the hope promised by this nation and were willing to fight for it.
Many politicians were driver as they are today for power.
There were many reasons for serving.
One mistake many of us make is equating the slavery issue, as the cause of the war, to the reason the individual served his country, when in fact the reasons could be totally divergent.

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