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Why Texans Fought in the Civil War (review)

Why Texans Fought in the Civil War (review) Why Texans Fought in the Civil War. By Charles David Grear. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2010. Pp. 239. Cloth, $30.00.) With its distinct history and distant location, Texas occupied a unique place within the Confederacy. Perhaps no state, Union or Confederate, sent its soldiers as far and wide to fi ght. In addition to defending their vast land and its neighbors, Texans invaded New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and battled from Kentucky to Georgia. In a book written for Civil War scholars and amateurs, Charles David Grear tries to explain what moti- vated Texans to fi ght near and far in the Civil War. His answer boils down to location, location, location. According to Grear, “Where a Texan came from had a direct impact on why he fought in the Civil War and, more important, where he fought” (5). During the 1850s, the state population nearly tripled as thousands of young men migrated to Texas from across the South. When war erupted, these men anxiously enlisted to defend their kin and former homes from invaders. Men who preferred to pro- tect Texas tended to have deeper ties to the Lone Star State. According to Grear, local military units http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Why Texans Fought in the Civil War (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 1 (2) – Jun 3, 2011

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Why Texans Fought in the Civil War. By Charles David Grear. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2010. Pp. 239. Cloth, $30.00.) With its distinct history and distant location, Texas occupied a unique place within the Confederacy. Perhaps no state, Union or Confederate, sent its soldiers as far and wide to fi ght. In addition to defending their vast land and its neighbors, Texans invaded New Mexico and Pennsylvania, and battled from Kentucky to Georgia. In a book written for Civil War scholars and amateurs, Charles David Grear tries to explain what moti- vated Texans to fi ght near and far in the Civil War. His answer boils down to location, location, location. According to Grear, “Where a Texan came from had a direct impact on why he fought in the Civil War and, more important, where he fought” (5). During the 1850s, the state population nearly tripled as thousands of young men migrated to Texas from across the South. When war erupted, these men anxiously enlisted to defend their kin and former homes from invaders. Men who preferred to pro- tect Texas tended to have deeper ties to the Lone Star State. According to Grear, local military units

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 3, 2011

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