- Feb 5, 2021
Yes, my understanding is there South had more population in rural areas than the North, from what I understand.Yes. Country folks who grew up hunting and shooting are probably going to be better in a fight.
A lot of the yankees were country folk but statistically the south had more.
I would guess the average Southern soldier was more likely to have some experience with a longarm than the average Northern soldier. There's really no way to come up with an accurate number on what % of soldiers on either side were experienced with weapons or not.
However, common logic would tell us those that used weapons for hunting, predator control, and for protection in more lawless areas probably had more experience. I would reject the idea that a large number of rural folks didn't own a longarm/shotgun, I would be completely shocked to find out that less than 70% of rural folks owned a gun in those days.
Again, there is no way to know for sure what that number is and no real way to accurately calculate it either, but common sense and anecdotal evidence tells us gun ownership was high.