Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Member of the Year
- Feb 20, 2005
- Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).
Most every soldier had on his mind his initial reason for enlisting.But the discussion here is what was in a soldier's mind. Why did he THINK he was fighting? Regardless of if that's really what he was fighting for or not doesn't weigh much into this.
Just reading the period newspapers of the time will give some idea of what most thought was important enough to risk their lives.
Slavery was THE issue decades before the Civil War. That fact cannot be denied nor hidden behind other excuses. How anyone can deny that their ancestors of the time were unaware of this giant issue is beyond my own comprehension.
Bottom line: The South seceded over the issue of slavery, PERIOD. To say the men who cheerfully enlisted into Confederate forces were unaware of this fact is just silly. They all knew this was the issue at the bottom of 'the cause.' While many may not have owned slaves or enlisted for many a personal reason, the main issue could not escape their attention.
Yes, the concern for home, family, etc., was in that mix, but after the 20 slave law was passed, men knew what they were fighting for. The political objective of the entire Confederacy, the preservation of slavery.