Noe, Kenneth W., 1957-

Reluctant rebels : the Confederates who joined the Army after 1861 / Kenneth W. Noe. - xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. - Civil War America . - Civil War America (Series) .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-304) and index.

Introduction: What they did not fight for -- part 1. "When our rights were threatened" -- Duty, honor, country : "Patriotism is a fine word for historians" -- Slavery : "The principle cause of the war" -- pt. 2. "Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil" -- Women : "Do the best you can" -- Hatred : "Vandal hordes" -- Pay : "Fighting for money instead of their country" -- pt. 3. "We are a band of brothers and native to the soil" -- Religion : "Let us meet in heaven" -- Comrades : "All my neighbor boys" -- Weariness : "We have suffered enough" -- Battle : "The elephant" -- Appendix.

"Places the stories of individual soldiers in the larger context of the Confederate war effort and follows them from the initial optimism of enlistment through the weariness of battle and defeat"--Jacket. Kenneth Noe examines the motives and subsequent performance of "later enlisters." He offers a nuanced view of men who have often been cast as less patriotic and less committed to the cause, rekindling the debate over who these later enlistees were, why they joined, and why they stayed and fought. --from publisher description.

9780807833773 (cloth : alk. paper) 0807833770 (cloth : alk. paper)


015538008 Uk

Confederate States of America. Army --Military life.
Confederate States of America. Army --Recruiting, enlistment, etc.

Soldiers--History.--Confederate States of America
Soldiers--Social conditions.--Confederate States of America

Confederate States of America--Social conditions.
United States--History--Social aspects.--Civil War, 1861-1865

E545 / .N64 2010