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Plain Folk's FightThe Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods Georgia$
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Mark V. Wetherington

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829639

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877043_wetherington

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We Will be Ready to March

We Will be Ready to March

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Plain Folk's Fight

Mark V. Wetherington

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the volunteering and mobilization of Georgia's white plain folk during the Civil War that began in 1861. It examines the plain folk's metamorphosis from unionists to Southern nationalists that reflected a broader transformation of identity in the wiregrass country. It also analyzes their political motivations that shaped their patriotism in general and their support for secession and the Confederacy in particular. Threatened by Yankee invaders and the abolition of slavery on which white supremacy and masculinity depended, the plain folk decided to volunteer and mobilize during the war. The chapter shows how the whites of Georgia responded to the state of unpreparedness during the war by organizing military companies. It also highlights the role of women and religion in mobilizing neighborhoods for war.

Keywords:   volunteering, mobilization, Georgia, plain folk, Civil War, patriotism, secession, Confederacy, slavery, whites

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