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What Were the Confederate Soldier Reasons for Fighting

Discussion in 'Civil War History - Secession and Politics' started by 1stvermont, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. leftyhunter

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    Major General Smedly Butler USMC said he was a gangster for Capitalism just google him Quaker.org has his statement.
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    Regrettably back to the 1860s.
     
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  4. Rebforever

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    The harder you try the worst it gits,eh? :giggle:
     
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    I can drown my frustrations in homemade cheese grits.
     
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    ***edited by moderator jgg*** My personal opinion is most of these guys on both sides were pretty decent men caught up in something big and terrible and they did the best they could.
     
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    Sounds good. We can't of course prove it. I think its more about circumstances what kind of unit they were in what they did what kind of commander they had. For example being in a hard core COIN regiment is not the same as being in static defense which is what quite a few regiments did. Being a hospital orderly is not the same as being in a sharpshooter regiment. If one speaks to a lot of vets from various conflicts one comes across a lot of different personalities. Kind of hard to pigeon hole people. I imagine Civil War vets like other vets are a real complex group of men and a few women who disguised themselves.
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  8. Rebforever

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    Tell you what!! That'll doer!! :dance:
     
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    A hard core COIN regiment may have good reason for being so, partisans usually aren't angels. Yet I agree with your comment.
     
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  10. Gladys Hodge Sherrer

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    My forefather fought WITH the Confederate army, but not FOR the Confederacy. He was forced to fight, taken at gunpoint. Others nearby were hanged by conscripting soldiers, when they refused to fight for the Confederacy. He fought as a captive of Jeff Davis, a slave in a sense, to save his own life and others, likewise held captive by circumstances out of their control, within his regiment.
     
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