Background of soldiers in a Southern unit?

“A typical unit was the 19th Virginia. Of its 740 original members, 302 were farmers, 80 were laborers, and 56 were machinists. Among the remainder were 10 lawyers, 14 teachers, 24 students, 3 blacksmiths, 2 artists, a distiller, a well-digger, a dentist, and 4 men who classified themselves as Gentlemen.

Cited in Soldiers Blue and Gray, Robertson: p. 25.

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