Southerners were considered by their Northern brethern-and the record!- as even more prone to violence, whether it be against British and Indians, themselves, or the North. This is reasonable considering a heavy Scottish background-it was commonly said that the savage Scots engaged in little more than fighting, with brief forrays into the raising of cattle. I think that the larger spaces of the South saved us from excessive infighting...at any rate, the warrior spirit would shine forth in the Civil War, perhaps best expressed in the immortal "rebel yell" which Yankees and foreign observers described as something never heard before or since. The tenacious butternut's fight, where he would regularly be opposite a force three, four times his in rank, and still hold his ground or, in some battles, route his enemy entirely, attests to a true fighting spirit. I would hold that it was only the North's vastly superior numbers that gave it victory-not to detract from the acts of bravery and heroism some Yankees commited.
posted on 11/03/2001 11:19:25 AM PST
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