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Soldiering in the Army of Northern VirginiaA Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee$
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Joseph T. Glatthaar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834923

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877869_glatthaar

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Marriage and Fatherhood

Marriage and Fatherhood

(p.127) Chapter Ten Marriage and Fatherhood
Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia

Joseph T. Glatthaar

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses marriage and parenthood, which played vital roles in military service, affecting many aspects of the army experience. Marriage and parenthood influenced when soldiers entered the army, how they did so, when they left, and even what risks they bore. For those who were married, especially those with children, marriage imposed burdens of worry beyond those of most single men. Like young soldiers and their parents, many married men had never spent a night apart from their bride until they entered the army. “On my couch when deep sleep has fallen on others,” confessed a Georgian to his wife, “I often shed tears at the cruel separation that divides me from my loved ones.” Soldiers pined over being away while their children learned to walk, talk, and grow up without them. Many were absent for the birth of a child.

Keywords:   marriage, parenthood, military service, army experience, worry

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