Just in case you never studied history, New England ship and cannon builders started gorging on government contracts for warships and cannon several years before the war between the states officially started. They and Washington knew dam well what those ships were being built for. The slave issue was just a convenient premise.
Also don't forget it was on Abe's watch that the other American minority (Native Americans) was systematically slaughtered and forced from their land into camps. Yea he was a real jewel when it came to human rights, but hey he also gave the railroads right of way across what used to be American Indian land.
... I miss BBS..
"There is a sucker born every minute." - PT Barnum