Why did James Cooper enlist?

“I was a mere boy and carried away by boyish enthusiasm. I was ambitious and felt that I should be disgraced if I remained at home while other boys no older than myself were out fighting . . . I was tormented by feverish anxiety before I joined my regiment for fear the fighting would be over before I got into it.”

– James Cooper, a Tennessee soldier
– Quoted in Soldiers in Blue and Gray, Robertson: p. 5

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