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David Williams

David Williams is professor of History at Valdosta State University, where for thirty years he has taught Old South, Civil War, and Georgia History. He is author of eleven books on the Civil War era and Southern history, including the widely acclaimed A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR.

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Georgia’s Civil War: Conflict on the Home Front
By author: David Williams
Product Code: H942
ISBN: 9780881466317
Product Format: Hardback
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Price:  $35.00
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In September 1864, at a gathering in Macon, Georgia, Confederate President Jefferson Davis admitted that two-thirds of his troops were absent, most without leave. Some had opposed secession to begin with. Others came to see the conflict as a “rich man’s war.” But it was hardship and hunger among their families that drew most soldiers back home. For more than a century and a half, historians have often ignored the Confederacy’s home front difficulties, which had so much to do with desertion and defeat. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the Civil War knows that Confederate armies were outnumbered two to one. In a presumptive way, the manpower disparity is usually attributed to the North’s larger population. Lost in that simplistic view is the impact that desertion had on sapping the Confederacy’s fighting strength. And this is but one of the many critical issues historians too often brush aside.