GDG- Slavery in the South

George Connell georgeconnell at
Fri Jan 6 09:47:48 CST 2012

As in most wars, geography was destiny. Young men fight for their country or region simply because that's where they live. 

It's my experience that their grasp of or interest in the issues is very shallow. Testosterone and social pressure are the keys to understanding their motivation. Once in the army small-unit loyalty keeps them fighting. 



On Jan 6, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Nancy Householder <pipecreek1430 at> wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Most Southerner fought to defend their homes and familes. The slave owning aristoracy controlled the politics
> of the states and pushed for seccesion. They then convinced everyone else to fight to defend your homes and
> familys from the Yankees and the Black Republicans. They spread the lie that the Black Republicans were out
> to not just free the slaves, but give the negros equality with the whites, and let Negro men marry white women!
> Even the poorest white, was considered better than the negro on the social scale. Now the Black Republicans
> were out to make the negros equal with the whites!  Heresy!  Quick, sign up to fight for the Confederacy!!!
> Nancy Householder
> ________________________________
> From: John Grim <jgrim1941 at>
> To: gettysburg at 
> Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:19 PM
> Subject: GDG- Slavery in the South
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Esteemed Members
> 0ne concept that I would like to throw out has seldom been touched and that
> is"Why would the average southerner fight to support slavery when less than
> one in four owned a slave and an even smaller percentage had plantations
> with a considerable number of slaves".
> 0bviously people who owned many slaves and great plantations were looked on
> in most communities as wealthy and successful and living a very indolent
> lifestyle.  The average southerner maintained his small farms with himself
> and sons.  A man with a lot of land was looked on as extremely successful.
> If you owned a few horses or mules you were probably more successful
> Therefore, if you could ever get a few slaves to help you work your farm
> you would start to gain wealth and have a greater status in your community.
> 0wning slaves created status and wealth.  In a day when only the rich went
> to college owning a slave became the way to success.  Believing the North
> was going to destroy the only quick way to gaining status made many
> southerners believe their way of life was being destroyed.........just my
> thougts.
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