GDG- Slavery in the South

John Grim jgrim1941 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 09:52:43 CST 2012


Esteemed Members

George

Who do you think had the best set-up.  The AOP who had regiments from
different states within their brigades and divisions or the CSA who
attempted to keep their brigades from a particular state when possible?

On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM, George Connell <georgeconnell at me.com>wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> 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.
>
> Regards,
>
> George
>
> On Jan 6, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Nancy Householder <pipecreek1430 at yahoo.com>
> 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 gmail.com>
> > To: gettysburg at arthes.com
> > 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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