Why did the average Southerner fight?

Contrary to popular Northern belief, the average Southerner was not fighting for slavery. Owning slaves, and profiting from their labor, were attributes only of the upper classes who constituted a very small percentage of the South’s population. Most Confederate soldiers were farmers or laborers who took musket in hand to defend their homeland.”

James I. Robertson, Jr. Soldiers in Blue and Gray: p. 9.

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