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| Murphy ||25 Sep 2009 7:36 p.m. PST|
Come on out and watch, or come early and register and sign up
we need more troops on both sides, but right now, it's gonna be a yankee fest.
I'll probably end up dying as usual holding the line
Hope to see y'all there
Co. A 33rd VA
|Company D Miniatures||26 Sep 2009 4:25 a.m. PST|
Looking at your 33rd Va website there was a lot of people in the original company that deserted in 1862- was this due to anything in particular or was desertion more common in those days?
|Custer7thcav ||26 Sep 2009 1:57 p.m. PST|
I was with Tayolor's Battery, 1st Illinois Light artillery Battery B back in the late 80's, early 90's.
Maybe we saw one another across the smokey fields of battle?
Best of luck in the reenactment this weekend.
| Murphy ||27 Sep 2009 7:19 p.m. PST|
Desertion was VERY high on both sides
the sad part is the the 33rd Virginia was left kind of "orphaned" as the region that it hailed from became "West Virginia".
I've been reading about a Texas Unit and a Tennessee Unit that had desertions run as high as 60% but usually "stayed" around the 30% mark
Someitmes men would just leave "for a while"
check on families, crops, etc
and the rejoin back up later on.
As things got ugly towards the end more of the men saw the writing on the wall, and did what they could to stay alive and go home