Common enlisted soldiers opinions of southrons

WJC

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One must take into account that any Union soldier who wrote his opinion of Confederate soldiers could read and write. The views of Union soldiers who could not write were not written down. So yes a reasonably well educated Union soldier probably looked down on Southern soldiers who could not read and write. However, many Southern soldiers could read and write and I suspect some Union soldiers often concentrated on Southern soldiers who could not read and write.
Good point: we rely on the written word. However, excepting anecdotes handed down to family that may have become distorted over the years- is all we have.
 

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