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The Democratic impulse reveals itself in the character of the Confederate Army

October 7, 2011

From Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997, pp. 315-317:

Many of Loring’s officers paid no attention to reality.  They convinced themselves that prompt and sweeping remedial action had to be taken.  Colonel Samuel V. Fulkerson of the 37th Virginia took the lead.  A Mexican War veteran and respected jurist from southwestern Virginia, Fulkerson was a good soldier–up to a level of obedience.  What Loring’s command was having to endure was inhuman, Fulkerson concluded.  So he fired off a letter outside military channels to two friends, Confederate congressman Walter Preston and Waller Staples.  The soldiers, Fulkerson charged, had been subjected to an unnecessary and nonproductive winter campaign of indescribable hardship.  Now the men were struggling against additional deprivations at Romney for no sensible reason.  Morale was so low, Fulkerson asserted, he probably could not get a single man in his regiment to reenlist as long as the soldiers continued to suffer in Romney.


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