Reviews - What do customers think about They Went into the Fight Cheering: Confederate Conscription in North Carolina?
Extensively Researched and Documented Jan 8, 2008
The Draft during the Civil War is not a well known topic... Many believe their ancestors up and left family and home to fight and die for a cause willingly. It is understandable we all wish to believe we have had a hero or two in our past, that believe so strongly in a cause, many of us have been raised to believe only that. Yes many young men ran off to war for adventure and excitement, but many more would rather stayed home and taken care of their wives, children and farms. From what I learned in this book and supported by other first hand accounts, soldiers tried to position themselves where they could best survive the war and return home. Just as in Vietnam, many men enlisted rather than be drafted in hopes of finding a better position away from the fire. There is no difference between yesterday and todays soldier. (I speak this as a ARMY veteran) Regardless of duty station and post, every American Soldier should be regarded as a hero for doing his duty for God Country and Family. This book has clearly covered the aspect of Conscription from all angles; From the soldiers perspective-through the eyes of a private in a conscription camp, through the State Govt'and how to enforce, all the way to the Confederate Congress and how they needed men for the war. Also including some battles and tragedies these men fought through to keep the aggressors off their home soil. Its a extremely intresting subject and is another one of a kind book to give to any Civil War or military buff...
Good Read! Jun 14, 2007
I enjoyed the book and it was very helpful. It is sad that certain groups have tried to smear this book due to their agenda. I found this book to be well researched and helpful to historians dealing with the War Between the States.
They Went into the Fight Cheering May 27, 2007
Mr. Hilderman's book is simply a "sour grapes" attempt to cast wildly inaccurate aspersions, (and passing them off as history), on the courage and commitment of the Southern soldier because of his own personal excommunication from the Southern history and heritage community. This book is not worth the time it takes to read it, and the best possible use for it would be to hang it on a nail in the outhouse and let nature take it's course. It is South bashing at it's absolute worst.....from a man with a HUGE axe to grind. I give it a negative 5 stars.
For Serious Students Apr 21, 2006
Hilderman's book follows in the tradition of the 1924 classic, Conscription and Conflict in the Confederacy, written by the chair of the history department at the University of Alabama and descendant of Confederate veterans, Albert Burton Moore. They Went Into The Fight Cheering focuses on the inner workings of conscription and its related enforcement in North Carolina. It is meticulously researched and presents the often overlooked aspect of troop procurement by the Confederacy in North Carolina as initial enlistment periods expired. The discussion of conscription (and desertion) in this book does not besmirch the honor of southern soldiers. A good case can be made, however, that those who hang on to the myth - in the face of overwhelming factual evidence - that conscription did not occur or was not necessary to field Confederate armies, do dishonor those soldiers by failing to acknowledge and accept the realities they faced and the choices they made. Serious students of the war will appreciate this book; others may want to take a pass.
Just a Load of Hokum and Bunk Apr 12, 2006
Hilderman's work is so poorly written and researched that it stinks like a dead fish. I find it amusing that the only positive reviews are coming from his little politically correct yankee reenactment group. The rest of us know the truth and that is that this book is biased, inaccurate, flightly, poorly written and poorly researched. The author should write about somehting that he knows something about as clearly this topic is beyond his ability. Knowing that the author was expelled from the nations largest Confederaet heritage group, I cannot but wonder if there is simply an axe to grind here????