Civilian morale in the western Confederacy, fall 1864?

What was civilian morale like in the western Confederacy like in late 1864?

This is an important question because it gives us a window into the civilian soul as Hood’s Tennessee campaign unfolded.

“By November 1864, after three and a half years of warfare, and in the aftermath of the fall of Atlanta, civilian morale in the western Confederacy reached a new low for the year . . .

By late 1864 . . . western Confederate civilians as a whole had not yet submitted, but increasing defeatism unquestionably undercut their confidence in the cause.”

Source: The Confederate Heartland: Military and Civilian Morale in the Western Confederacy, Bradley R. Clampitt.

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One thought on “Civilian morale in the western Confederacy, fall 1864?

  1. Peggy Harmon

    Maybe I’m just not seeing the answer to my question…but, can you give us the details of the picture? I’m assuming they may be Southerners leaving for the Western territory, etc. Love this site!

    Reply

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