A dreadful affect upon good soldiers : a study of a desertion in a Confederate regiment

Author:
Ruffner, Kevin Conley, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Advisors:
Ayers, Edward, Department of History, University of Virginia
Stagg, John, Papers of James Madison, University of Virginia
Abstract:

This paper examines desertion in the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment. This paper seeks to discover the causes and effects of desertion; it seeks any correlation between desertion and various socioeconomic indicators such as age, occupation, ethnicity, illiteracy, military rank, marital status, slave holding wealth, and time of desertion. This examination tests the popular assertion that the Civil War was a poor man's fight through a close analysis of an actual fighting unit.

Degree:
MA (Master of Arts)
Keywords:
Regimental histories, United States, Civil War, 1861-1865, Army., Confederate States of America, Desertion, Military, Confederate States of America., Virginia Regiment, 44th, History
Notes:

Digitization of this thesis was made possible by a generous grant from the Jefferson Trust, 2015.

Language:
English
Rights:
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Issued Date:
1987/08