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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734294

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734294.001.0001

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“If Lincoln Should Continue to Work at the Mote in Our Eye”

“If Lincoln Should Continue to Work at the Mote in Our Eye”

(p.100) (p.101) Chapter Six “If Lincoln Should Continue to Work at the Mote in Our Eye”
Mississippi in the Civil War

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the problems, experiences, and difficulties of the loyal Confederate white citizenry. These citizens who initially supported the war steadily became disenchanted and lost the will to continue the fight as the war continued to affect them in such adverse ways. An investigation into the morale of the loyal people reveals that the loss of will came with the Federal invasions in Mississippi and the fall of Jackson and Vicksburg in the summer of 1863. By 1864 and 1865, reports of dissolution and discouragement were rampant across the entire state.

Keywords:   Confederates, white citizens, demoralization, morale, loss of will

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