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“Pressed”, drafted, and conscripted – a quick note

March 15, 2012 by

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Yesterday, I posted a piece about Thomas C. Suter, and his change from gray (Confederate service) to blue (Union service). I also posted a link to the piece on Western Maryland’s Historical Library’s Facebook page, as a response to their having posted the brief newspaper clip. In response, Tom Clemens, Professor of History at Hagerstown […]

The mustering of troops in Virginia… revisiting enlistments in the militia

May 18, 2011 by

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It’s the middle of May 1861… and Virginians are flocking to units across the state… In some areas of Virginia, the mustering of troops for Virginia units (ultimately assigned to the cause of the Confederacy) began as early as the day the news of secession hit the streets. No doubt, some were quite eager to […]

A vast pool of eager workers!

August 26, 2010 by

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Slightly off the WWI path, but connected to yesterday’s post when comparing thoughts on the Confederate draft and that imposed during the First World War… The Civil War-era furnace operations were extensive in Page County, with three furnaces and at least two forges in operation. Men were required to cut down trees, make charcoal, mine […]

Registering for the draft… June, 1917

August 25, 2010 by

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From the Page News and Courier (Luray, Va.), June 1, 1917: No Lunacy in Page County The people of Page County are a law abiding people, and are remarkable for their thrift and common sense. For these reasons we believe the young man of Page county prefer registering to being registered. They will register because […]

“Hell no, our kids won’t go!”

July 30, 2010 by

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I was going to post another installment of D.H. Strother’s “Recollections” today, but will hold off till tomorrow. I saw something posted by David over at Inconvenient South that caught my eye. David cites an article (from The Journal of American History, and written by Jeanette Keith) published in 2001 focused on Southern draft resistance […]

Are you sure your Confederate ancestor even wanted to be a Confederate?

November 1, 2008 by

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On average, very few of us know what our ancestors actually thought regarding events within their own time. Regretfully, because of this some researchers begin to speculate because they want some sort of definitive explanation behind what they do find in their research. “Gray” or indefinite history is simply not acceptable to some, so there […]

A story for the day…

October 1, 2008 by

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It’s really interesting (at least I find it interesting, not to mention a little strange), but when I was working up a plan for my thesis (for my M.A. in history), I never expected it to go down the path that findings from research took me. Some would think that the student would have more control, but […]

Would it not be better to tell the story of the Confederate soldier?

September 4, 2008 by

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After yesterday’s post, I began to think more about the organization, formed as the male heirs of Confederate veterans, telling a “Southern perspective” of the Civil War. I think it would be more appropriate, as an organization formed of male descendants of Confederate soldiers, to tell the story of the Confederate soldier. However, like telling the “Southern perspective” of […]

Reluctant Confederates? So what?

July 28, 2008 by

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In the process of researching and writing my thesis, one of my friends couldn’t see the big deal about “reluctant Confederates.” He saw no difference between reluctance in WW2 soldiers and those from the South during the Civil War. His grandfather didn’t want to fight in WW2, but he was drafted, served, and came home. […]