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A Rich Man's War, a Poor Man's Fight: Desertion of Alabama Troops from the Confederate Army
     

A Rich Man's War, a Poor Man's Fight: Desertion of Alabama Troops from the Confederate Army

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by Mark A. Weitz, Bessie Martin
 

ISBN-10: 0817350101

ISBN-13: 9780817350109

Pub. Date: 03/29/2003

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

This book argues that Confederate soldiers left their posts in significant numbers due largely to the prevalence of poverty on the home front.

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, many men in Alabama enthusiastically enlisted. After these husbands, fathers, and brothers-all family breadwinners-marched off to duty, the number of indigent families in the

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This book argues that Confederate soldiers left their posts in significant numbers due largely to the prevalence of poverty on the home front.

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, many men in Alabama enthusiastically enlisted. After these husbands, fathers, and brothers-all family breadwinners-marched off to duty, the number of indigent families in the state began to rise dramatically. Inflation, lack of transportation, a drastically decreased labor force, war taxes, and enemy invasion all created an increasingly desperate economic situation, especially in less affluent northern and southeastern sections of the state. In some places, women and children were reported to be near starvation, bread riots erupted, and begging was common.

As soldiers became more and more distressed about these developments at home, waves of desertions occurred. Even social relief efforts made by state and local governments in the form of the Military Aid Society, the Samaritan Society, and the Citizen’s Relief Association did little to deter the cyclical exodus of fighting men from Confederate units. Southern leaders considered desertion the chief cause of serious military defeats, including those at Atlanta and Gettysburg. Desertions certainly weakened the manpower of the Confederacy and lowered the morale of its people.

Bessie Martin’s well-researched study sheds light on the complex nature of desertions by Alabama troops and provides valuable statistical and bibliographic information for contemporary researchers. It will be welcomed anew by Civil War historians and enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817350109
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/29/2003
Series:
Library of Alabama Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Rich Man's War, a Poor Man's Fight: Desertion of Alabama Troops from the Confederate Army 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book shows off Dr. Weitz' intelligence and seemingly boudless knowledge of Civil War history! I have taken several college classes from this man (although I am not familiar with the co-author) and am always amazed my his knowledge. He is always able to tell things in a way that puts it into the proper historical context and makes it interesting for the rest of us. This book is no exception.