Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after by Kenneth W. Noe

By Kenneth W. Noe

After the feverish mobilization of secession had light, why did Southern males subscribe to the accomplice military? Kenneth Noe examines the explanations and next functionality of "later enlisters." He bargains a nuanced view of fellows who've usually been forged as much less patriotic and no more devoted to the reason, rekindling the controversy over who those later enlistees have been, why they joined, and why they stayed and fought.

Noe refutes the declare that later enlisters have been likely to barren region or practice poorly in conflict and reassesses the argument that they have been much less ideologically savvy than their opposite numbers who enlisted early within the clash. He argues that kinship and local, now not conscription, pressured those males to struggle: they have been made up our minds to guard their households and estate and have been fueled by way of resentment over emancipation and pillaging and destruction by means of Union forces. yet their age usually mixed with their tasks to put on them down extra quick than more youthful males, making them much less powerful squaddies for a accomplice state that desperately wanted each able-bodied guy it could possibly muster.

Reluctant Rebels areas the tales of person squaddies within the greater context of the accomplice warfare attempt and follows them from the preliminary optimism of enlistment during the weariness of conflict and defeat.

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