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 Posted: Wed Aug 16th, 2006 08:57 pm
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James Longstreet

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Location: Arkansas USA
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Yeah, I agree on most of that, younglobo.  A dirt poor farmer from the rural South certainly did go off and die for a rich man's slaves.  But that doesn't mean that slavery was not a huge part of the issue.  The average Confederate was poorer than the average Yankee, probably did not own slaves, had a very limited education, and made a living out of farming in some way.  The complete opposite of the average Northerner.  I contend that many young Southern soldiers(At least from the Mountains)probably had not even seen a black man.  This was also probably the case for a lot of the Midwestern Yankees.  So what motivated them to fight?  The same reasons the Colonists fought against the British:  To protect their homeland, to fight against a power they considered foreign and tyrannical, or simply because they believed it was their duty.

Not for fame or reward,
Not for place or for rank,
Not lured by ambition,
Or goaded by necessity,
But in Simple
Obedience to Duty
As they understood it,
These men suffered all,
Sacrificed all,
Dared all--and died.

Inscription on the monument to the dead of the Confederate States Army,
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Last edited on Wed Aug 16th, 2006 09:00 pm by James Longstreet

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