GDG- Slavery in the South

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at
Fri Jan 6 10:15:53 CST 2012

No doubt about it. The younger they are, the less of a social conscience 
they have developed.

They are mostly shallow (some of us old guys are too!!!!).

Youg men do the fighting, old men do the killing.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Connell" <georgeconnell at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Slavery in the South

> 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> 
> 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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