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Albert Burton Moore in his 45-year teaching career was the embodiment of a Southern scholar-gentleman. Born and raised in Alabama, he was a descendant of Confederate veterans, and he wrote and taught at a time when many of them were yet alive. His teaching career, except for four years in Iowa, was entirely in the South (as a footnote, he also served two terms as president of the NCAA). "Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy" did not have to be an interesting book, but it is one because Moore's writing style is assured, easy, understated. He has a keen eye for the pithiest quotes from his sources. And he knows his Latin. His Southerners regarded their battlefield victories with sincere "gratulation," and Moore cannot bring himself to write "conscripted" when he knows Cicero would only have approved "conscribed." Moore's book is still valued by historians for both parts of its title. The 1996 introduction to the University of South Carolina edition rightly praises the book as still the fundamental introduction to Confederate conscription, as well as a groundbreaking exploration of internal divisions in the CSA. That was a topic which had been given short shrift by the Lost Cause version of the Civil War which prevailed in America at that time. Moore views Southern conscription as a flawed, but ultimately successful system that kept the Confederacy's will to fight for independence focused in an effective military effort for four hard years. He finds no inherent shame to the Confederate cause in the mere fact of conscription.Read more ›
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Initially published in 1924, Albert B. Moore's "Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy" deserved the excellent reprint performed by the University of South Carolina Press. After the war, the South had to distort the truth to ennoble its defeat because the North did not need to explain its victory. For more than 140 years, the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" have not ceased to glorify the honor of the Confederate soldiers while shoving in the background the necrosis of their cause. Of all the modern wars, the Confederate army counted the most deserters (40% in 1863, 51% in 1864 and 55.5% in 1865). It is on this subject that a book such as "Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy" is decisive because it does not seek to flatter the pride of a slave oligarchy that was severely thrashed. This work and that of Ella Lonn "Desertion during the Civil War" clearly points out the exhaustion - totally justified - of the Confederate soldier sacrificing himself for "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight". The work of Albert B. Moore destroys many myths, in particular that pertaining to the honor of the Southern soldier, and it depicts the war as it really was and not like the descendants of those who received a good bashing would like it to be. Serge P. Noirsain, Belgian historian, author of "La flotte européenne de la Confédération sudiste" and "La Confédération sudiste, mythes et réalités".