Did you read the enormous land sale that the Illinois Central was involved in? 250,000 acres in Illinois. N. P. Banks quit being governor of Mass. so he could handle the sale of property for the railroad. Where did the railroad get the land?
You bet they were behind the Tariffs, and the transportation schemes; always looking to increase their power and influence. All that corn, wheat and pork to transport was a mighty big temptation to monopolize.