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Response to raccoon (Reply #40)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:57 PM

57. Most soldiers were volunteers

The union had a draft too, but most soldiers on both sides were volunteers.

By the time the south instituted the draft in 1862, they had hundreds of thousands of volunteers - far too many to manage.

You might be citing that % from the book, but it's impossible to know and secession is a different issue.

Its historically accurate to say the vast majority of confederate soldiers believed in preservation of slaves as property, assumed white supremacy, and saw legal equality with blacks as a direct assault on core beliefs.

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