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|"Sirs, though the issue be clouded by time, and the motives alien to me, I would never slander the contestants. It's been my observation that God and Country and all the laws ever written are reduced to those of your crew when it comes down to it."
-CPT Crow, I agree with you in some respects, however, I think there is a difference between what keeps a man in the firing line during the battle, and what keeps a man from deserting after the battle. I would argue that love of comrades and a fear of dishonor is more prevalent in the former, and love of "the cause" (whatever it may be) is more important in the latter. I speak only to my own experience here, so I may be completely off base, but J. McPherson's book "For Cause and Comrades," tends to support my conclusion.