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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2022 8:36 p.m. PST

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Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 2:34 a.m. PST

Interesting piece. I have ancestors from North Carolina that did exactly what is mentioned in the article. One was a blacksmith and just picked up his family and left after serving for awhile. His brother according to the family legend was caught by the home guard and is buried in an unmarked grave at the church they attended, Discussions with a cousin and family history buff indicates that the area was very poor and there were few if any slaves held there as the folks were just dirt poor.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 6:35 a.m. PST

I think one factor was that there was simply no way to get out of the Confederate Army – at least with the Union the volunteers served "three years or the duration" – for the poor ole Rebs, no such option – serve until victory or death

William Warner20 Nov 2022 8:43 a.m. PST

I think it's the other way around: Union volunteers served for three years; the Rebs served for "three years or the war". Same result, however.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 2:55 p.m. PST



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