Real cause of the War revealed! [?]

How could we have missed the obvious all these years? :giggle:


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thomas aagaard

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Not surprised that the number of professionals was not that big... If you where a professional you would by 1863 likely be commanding a brigade or bigger... or proved yourself to be completely incompetent...
 

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Mark F. Jenkins

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Not surprised that the number of professionals was not that big... If you where a professional you would by 1863 likely be commanding a brigade or bigger... or proved yourself to be completely incompetent...

This is the key. What other profession could so readily supply educated men? Physicians would typically join as physicians, churchmen as chaplains if at all possible. The 'white collar middle class' as we know it today was largely nonexistent. Lawyers would be more likely to be familiar with paperwork and regulations...
 

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Though many of them made great officers. Francis M. Cockrell and Hiram B. Granbury were both attorneys before the war; both turned out to be two of the best brigade commanders in the western theater. Also a couple colonels come to mind: William C. Oates of the 15th Alabama and William P. Rogers of the 2nd Texas Infantry (Rogers had also fought in the Mexican War).
 

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