The Civil War : Truly Mind Boggling

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The Civil War population was truly mind-boggling. The Northern states contributed somewhat close to twenty two million people and the Southern states had a combined population of nine million soldiers. Approximately eight hundred and fifty thousand soldiers died due to combat, starvation, and deadly diseases. Most soldiers were buried on the battlefield and placed in a distinct area depending on where they were attacked. Some battlefields even went above and beyond and buried soldiers’ bodies in National and Confederate cemeteries. The soldiers that were severely injured were transported to nearby hospitals, where most were put to rest. Some of the bodies were even buried by hospitals in order to show importance and respect to the…show more content…
Slaveholders viewed themselves as a superior class of people. “A yeomen farmer from Bell Buckle, Tennessee, Keysaer complained that before the Civil War the slaveholders always acted as if they were of a better class and there was always an unpleasant feeling between slaveholders and those working themselves” (80). Nonslaveholders were known as yeomen and actually did their own work. On the other hand, slaveholders had the slaves work for them. They were lazy and never participated in the work on their plantations. There was often confusion associated with a slaveholder and nonslaveholder. Many questions were asked concerning how their views were alike or different about slavery. Not owning a slave, was not an indication of the preference of a yeomen farmer. Yeomen often wanted to take care of their own responsibilities rather than depending on the help of a slave. However, according to slaveholders, slave ownership was viewed as the preference of the superior class of people. “Indeed, owning slaves apparently made a difference in the perception of class relations in the Old South” (80). “Thus the more prosperous of Keysaer’s fellow Tennessee veterans interviewed many years remembered that relations between slaveholders and nonslaveholders were grounded in “social equality” (80).
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