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J. F. ’’∑Ω Lt. William L. Nugent meanwhile wished from Tupelo that ‘‘Uncl. Sam would recognize his nephew and give us peace. ’’∏≠ Three additional soldiers, all now veterans, decried subjugation during the long, bloody summer of 1864. Pvt. ’’∏∞ Again, William Nugent was the most adamant, declaring from Atlanta in August 1864 that the South ‘‘may expect nothing but vassalage and slavery all our lives. Our rights and privileges will be totally destroyed and military governors and yankee judges will govern us, while our lands will be parcelled out among a horde of foreign adventurers and mercenary soldiers.

John T. Beggs of Louisiana’s 5th Battery, Washington Artillery, explained to his sister that ‘‘you know me too well to think I could stay at home idle while all my young friends have left their families and friends. ’’π≤ G. W. ’’π≥ Yet such concerns did not deter Pvt. Phillips Fitzpatrick for long.

Pvt. James Michael Barr and Sgt. John Crittenden both did so three times each. Crittenden, a schoolteacher and planter’s son-in-law, joined the 34th Alabama in March 1862. ‘‘I am in the path of duty,’’ he explained to his wife. ’’≤∂ A prosperous thirty-four-year-old South Carolina slave owner, Barr enlisted more reluctantly in early 1863, and only after revisions to the Conscription Act cost him the exemption he had held as a 28 ‘‘when our rights were threatened’’ major in the militia. ’’≤∑ There is another later-enlisting Confederate included in the sample who wrote frequently of his nation, although he did so in a manner far different from the others.

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