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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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Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia
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Joseph T. Glatthaar

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877869_glatthaar.10

This chapter describes how, over the course of the war, Lee's army became a symbol of the Rebel independence movement in the eyes of Confederates and Unionists alike. That image emerged primarily because of its staggering successes in the face of vastly superior Federal numbers and resources. It also developed because the Army of Northern Virginia drew soldiers from across the Confederacy. Had all those troops come from the East—Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia—the army would have appeared to be regional rather than national. By tapping regiments from Maryland to Texas, Lee's force was nationwide in scope. Southerners throughout the Confederacy took a personal interest in his army because part of it came from their home state.

Keywords:   Lee's army, Rebel independence movement, Confederates, Unionists, Northern Virginia

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