- Oct 22, 2012
There was certainly some of that, yes. There was also tremendous desertion in the Union Armies. By the winter of 1865, I doubt a lot of Confederate soldiers were getting much mail from home anyway. The wheels were coming off.I thought a lot of Confederate soldiers had deserted by March-April 1865. Many were called home by there wives, who believed the war was lost and wanted them home before they died for nothing.