The Battle Of The War

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Confederates enter the war with a belief that would also sustain them during war years and ultimately shape the south after the war, a durable belief in their invincibility. Even after major turning points of the war, diehard Rebels continued to express a resilient belief in their invincibility. They were unconquerable and they truly stuck it about because they expected to win. Their ethos; beliefs of being highly favored children of God, attitudes of invincibility (homegrown and those spread through propaganda), patriotism, masculinity, and veteran comradery - on many different levels help to shape the war and the New South. For many diehard Rebels, religion cultivated strong beliefs of victory and the mindset of being unconquerable. Repeatedly, the Confederate belief that God favored their cause and would deliver them to victory over the north can be found in government documents, newspaper articles, military reports, chaplains sermons, as well as Rebel’s letters and diaries. Religion was a code of behavior for many white Southerners. Many devout Rebels believed that God shielded them for his purpose and was encouraged to stay and fight, despite increased hardships, major defeats, and growing death tolls. As children of God, they saw fighting for the Confederacy as doing God’s work. To them, the war was divinely ordained and they would win no many how desperate the situations became. There was an iron bond between Confederate churches and the cause.…

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