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A Place Called Appomattox$
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William Marvel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628394

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628394.001.0001

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The Siege

The Siege

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A Place Called Appomattox

William Marvel

University of North Carolina Press

The ravages of war worsen. Mortality on and off the battlefield escalates and the population is stripped of men who come increasingly from the extremities of military age. With little court business being conducted, business in Appomattox Court House grinds to a standstill. County citizens suffer from a spiritual depression as badly as from physical want. Morale begins to wane in the army as well, and as Lee's army is confined to the entrenchments around Petersburg some of the more devoted soldiers begin to resort to desertion in times of familial crisis. By the last weeks of 1864 some Appomattox soldiers are deserting directly into enemy lines, and even taking up arms in U.S. service as Galvanized Yankees.

Keywords:   conscription, civilian morale, desertion, Petersburg siege, Galvanized Yankees

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