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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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The Contest for My Country

The Contest for My Country

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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 traces the Pulaski Volunteers' departure from piney woods Georgia to fight on the Virginia front and describes their first experience with real war in the Shenandoah Valley, an approach to the Confederacy's capital at Richmond. It examines how the Pulaski Volunteers, led by Captain Thomas Ryan, had to contend not only with the enemy but also with other problems such as inadequate supplies, poor shelter, and conditions and disease like diarrhea, dysentery, and pneumonia. The chapter also looks at the impact of conscription on the plain folk's sense of unity that existed on the home front during the war's first year. Finally, it discusses how the bloody battles at Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg changed the way Confederate soldiers and their families viewed evangelicalism.

Keywords:   volunteering, Georgia, plain folk, Civil War, Pulaski Volunteers, Virginia, Confederacy, Thomas Ryan, conscription, evangelicalism

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