Class Notes

Another aspect of the Civil War that I think we over emphasize is the idea of brother versus brother.  We give this so much attention that I think many students believe that most families were divided, which is just not true.  In fact, there were actually few families that were divided.  I prefer the saying brother with brother. Companies and regiments were created geographically, so your town would create a unit made up of people from your town.  Your unit would have your brothers, fathers, uncles, sons, and best friends.  If one company got hit partially hard in a battle, it could be devastating to a family or town.  It was also a good reason not to turn and run, if you did you were running out on your family.  So yes, there were a few families, mostly along the border where they divided, but the majority of the War was fought with brothers standing side by side.

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