Reluctant Rebels : The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861

By: Noe, Kenneth WMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (334 p.)ISBN: 9780807895634Subject(s): Confederate States of America - Military life | Confederate States of America - Recruiting, enlistment, etc | Confederate States of America - Social conditions | Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | 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 -- History | Soldiers - Confederate States of America - Social conditions | Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Social conditions | United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Social aspects | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Reluctant Rebels : The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861DDC classification: 973.7/13 | 973.713 LOC classification: E545 .N64 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: What They Did Not Fight For; I: ''When Our Rights Were Threatened''; II: ''Fighting for the Property We Gained by Honest Toil''; III: ''We Are a Band of Brothers and Native to the Soil''; APPENDIX; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary: After the feverish mobilization of secession had faded, why did Southern men join the Confederate army? 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. Noe refutes the claim that later enlisters were more likely to desert or perform poorly in battle and reassesses the argument that they were less ideologically savvy than their counterpart
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Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: What They Did Not Fight For; I: ''When Our Rights Were Threatened''; II: ''Fighting for the Property We Gained by Honest Toil''; III: ''We Are a Band of Brothers and Native to the Soil''; APPENDIX; Notes; Works Cited; Index

After the feverish mobilization of secession had faded, why did Southern men join the Confederate army? 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. Noe refutes the claim that later enlisters were more likely to desert or perform poorly in battle and reassesses the argument that they were less ideologically savvy than their counterpart

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This is an absorbing study of the Confederate recruits who resisted the stirring call of "the Bonnie Blue Flag" in 1861 and joined the army after the first year of the war. Although their numbers amounted to 180,000, or 22.5 percent of all rebel soldiers, they have usually been overlooked or stereotyped by Civil War historians. Noe (Auburn Univ.) sets out to redress this imbalance and uncovers some very interesting and thought-provoking material in the process. He carefully examines the motives and subsequent performance of later enlistees to determine why these Southern men stayed home initially, only to join up later and fight with determination for the "lost cause." He finds that reluctant rebels went to war primarily to protect their families and property, and were deeply angered by emancipation and the pillaging and destruction of invading Yankee forces. Noe also points out that family and neighborhood, not conscription, drove these men to the colors, and he effectively refutes the claim that Confederates enlisting later were more likely to desert or perform poorly in battle. This excellent book provides a more complete portrait of Johnny Reb. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. E. M. Thomas Gordon College

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