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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2020 9:18 p.m. PST

…South (The Civil War Era in the South)

"How did Southern Catholics, under international religious authority and grounding unlike Southern Protestants, act with regard to political commitments in the recently formed Confederacy? How did they balance being both Catholic and Confederate? How is the Southern Catholic Civil War experience similar or dissimilar to the Southern Protestant Civil War experience? What new insights might this experience provide regarding Civil War religious history, the history of Catholicism in America, 19th-century America, and Southern history in general?

For the majority of Southern Catholics, religion and politics were not a point of tension. Devout Catholics were also devoted Confederates, including nuns who served as nurses; their deep involvement in the Confederate cause as medics confirms the all-encompassing nature of Catholic involvement in the Confederacy, a fact greatly underplayed by scholars of Civil war religion and American Catholicism. Kraszewski argues against an "Americanization" of Catholics in the South and instead coins the term "Confederatization" to describe the process by which Catholics made themselves virtually indistinguishable from their Protestant neighbors…"

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Rudysnelson14 Nov 2020 5:09 p.m. PST

Several companies of Catholics were raised in Alabama. Several had a majority of enlisted were from social fraternities or organizations like fire brigades. One was Irish with an green harp design on one side of their company flag.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2020 2:33 p.m. PST

Thanks!.

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