Chasing Your Liberty. Merriam-Webster’S Dictionary Defines

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Chasing Your Liberty Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines war as “a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations; a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end”. The Civil War was just this. A war fought with hostility between two competitive, strong willed forces whose sole purpose was to either end a way of life or strengthen it. Only who’s to really say what it exactly was that these men fought for? While reading the book assigned for this essay, I found myself questioning a lot of what I had been taught throughout grade school. What They Fought For 1861-1865 invested a slightly different opinion on what I thought the war truly meant to the people who had fought in the…show more content…
Soldiers would write that “it is better to spend out all in defending our country than to be subjugated and have it taken away from us” (What They Fought For 1861-1865, p. 12). When these men wrote home, they never knew whether they would return or not, nor did they care so long as they knew the war was continuing. “The concepts of southern nationalism, liberty, self-government, resistance to tyranny, and other ideological purposes I quoted earlier all have a rather abstract quality. But for many confederate soldiers these abstractions took a concrete, visceral form: the defense of home and hearth against an invading enemy. This purpose in turn became transformed for many soldiers into hatred and a desire for revenge” (What They Fought For 1861-1865, p. 18). Fighting to save their home, property, and liberty could not have be a more powerful reason to fight. They knew if they allowed the Union to win, they would have to give up everything they spent so much time and effort into acquiring, not only in regard to land, but also referring to slaves. A lieutenant from Tennessee said it best when he stated, “the yankees are sacrificing their lives for nothing; we ours for home, country, and all That is dear and sacred… Every on seems to know that his life liberty and property are at stake, hence we never can be whipped” (What They Fought For1861-1865, p.18). It has become very evident throughout this book

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