Reluctant rebels : the Confederates who joined the Army after 1861 / Kenneth W. Noe.
By: Noe, Kenneth W.Material type: TextSeries: Civil War America (Series): Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, Copyright date: ©2010Description: xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780807833773 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807833770 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Confederate States of America. Army -- Military life | Confederate States of America. Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc | Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- History | Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 973.7/13
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"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.
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.
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.