• Title: Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861
  • Author: Kenneth W. Noe
  • ISBN: 9780807833773
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Reluctant Rebels The Confederates Who Joined the Army After After the feverish mobilization of secession had faded why did Southern men join the Confederate army Kenneth Noe examines the motives and subsequent performance of later enlisters He offers a nuance
    After the feverish mobilization of secession had faded, why did Southern men join the Confederate army Kenneth Noe examines the motives and subsequent performance of later enlisters He offers a nuanced view of men who have often been cast as less patriotic and less committed to the cause, rekindling the debate over who these later enlistees were, why they joined, and wAfter the feverish mobilization of secession had faded, why did Southern men join the Confederate army Kenneth Noe examines the motives and subsequent performance of later enlisters He offers a nuanced view of men who have often been cast as less patriotic and less committed to the cause, rekindling the debate over who these later enlistees were, why they joined, and why they stayed and fought Noe refutes the claim that later enlisters were likely to desert or perform poorly in battle and reassesses the argument that they were less ideologically savvy than their counterparts who enlisted early in the conflict He argues that kinship and neighborhood, not conscription, compelled these men to fight they were determined to protect their families and property and were fueled by resentment over emancipation and pillaging and destruction by Union forces But their age often combined with their duties to wear them down quickly than younger men, making them less effective soldiers for a Confederate nation that desperately needed every able bodied man it could muster.Reluctant Rebels places the stories of individual soldiers in the larger context of the Confederate war effort and follows them from the initial optimism of enlistment through the weariness of battle and defeat.

    One Reply to “Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861”

    1. Great research. My g-g grandfather was an enlisted Confederate of 1862 in the 24th Arkansas. He left a wife and two small children to go off to war. This book gives excellent insight into the conflicting issues of the " reluctant rebels " and their service. Previous histories tends to generalize the enlistments into either the rush of men who joined the colors right after Sumpter or those who are categorized ( sometimes incorrectly) as " conscripts" of late 1863-64. This book fills the gap of th [...]

    2. Again, Kenneth Noe, has raised the bar on Civil War research. He has successfully presented a logical interpretation of the later enlisting Confederate soldier. For most of them, their reluctance to hurriedly join the fighting was something that was brought on not by a lack of character, but because of it. They had more important things to do at the moment than go to war. The war was, for the most part, an unwanted intrusion into their lives. They were determined to do their duty as they saw it, [...]

    3. Noe's work is a compact and personalized look at a specific kind of Confederate: the men who joined after 1861. On a whole he finds the group to be unfairly maligned, most delaying entry due to personal reasons. They fought as well as able, but were mostly hobbled by being older men. This gets to Noe's other argument: the Rebels ran out of strong military age men much sooner than the North. Being a supporter of the "external" thesis of Confederate defeat (they were out-numbered), I found this po [...]

    4. I really like Noe's writing, but this one just didn't hit the mark. The use of statistics were particularly superfluous and contributed little to the text. Also, the comparisons with earlier works were incomplete. It just felt really disappointing and relied too heavily upon works by others.

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