CIVIL WAR LECTURE 7

CIVIL WAR LECTURE 7 - L IFE OF A SOLDIER WHO JOINED THE...

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LIFE OF A SOLDIER
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WHO JOINED THE WAR? -Men from all walks of life joined the armies, including farmers, laborers, factory workers, slave-owners, professionals, and students. -Average Civil War soldier was 23-24 years old. Young men less likely to have steady careers and/or wanted to make a name for themselves. -Rural and urban residents each brought their own advantages and disadvantages to the battlefield.
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MOTIVATIONS TO FIGHT -Both northerners and southerners fought for duty, honor, adventure, religion, liberty, etc. -Southerners also fought to protect their families and homes from invasion and preserve southern society. -Northerners also fought to preserve the Union, which meant more to them than a simple theory. - Both sides fought for ideological as well as practical reasons.
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-Most of a Civil War soldier’s time was taken up with drills. -Officers drilled their men constantly so they could carry out maneuvers without thinking. -Soldiers learned to go from marching formation to battle
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