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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 Done Honor to Ourselves

We Done Honor to Ourselves

(p.201) 7 We Done Honor to Ourselves
Plain Folk's Fight

Mark V. Wetherington

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Civil War on Georgia's white plain folk. By the spring of 1864, the war had been raging for three years and the Confederacy's walls were falling on its people. Inhabitants of the lower Ocmulgee River had no idea when the fighting would stop, or whether conditions would improve. The Union army made it an official policy to “break the spirit of the people” by “reducing them to the most abject condition of poverty, destitution and dependence.” The chapter looks at how the military crisis of 1864 forced white men on the home front to choose between caring for their families at home or fighting for the larger causes of Southern nationalism and state defense. It also shows that white plain folk and other Confederate loyalists exhibited a hardened resolve to continue the struggle, declaring “We done honor to ourselves.” Finally, it explores how the fight at Griswoldville changed the meaning of the war for whites on the home front.

Keywords:   plain folk, Civil War, Georgia, Confederacy, Union, home front, nationalism, honor, Griswoldville, whites

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