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Response Paper 4What They Fought For by historian James M. McPherson describes many reasonsConfederate soldiers fought for the south in the Civil War. He uses several quotes from Confederate soldier’s letters to prove his claims of southern patriotism and pride. McPherson reassures the reader that this sample of letters is unrepresentative of the entireConfederate army. He mostly includes the professional class; unskilled laborers and illiterate soldiers are unrepresented in his sample. The reason for this is because many of the poorer soldiers didn’t have the ability to write letters home leaving no documentation.McPherson is quick to note that slaveholders were also overrepresented in his selection. The Civil War was fought over slavery so naturally slaveholders were going to be more passionate and motivated to fight. Everything about their lifestyle was being threatened. Because this selection also shows more quotes from men who enlisted within the first
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American Civil War,soldiers,Union army,James M. McPherson