What made the average Civil War soldier want to fight? What made the Southern man want to fight? What made the Northern man want to fight? What was the motivation behind their decision to join and fight in the army?
For the Northern soldier was it a patriotic sense of duty to protect the union handed down to them by their forefathers? Was it a love for the Union? Was it to free the black man? These are all valid things that motivated Northern men to fight.
What about Southern men, what motivated them to fight? Was it to defend their homes and firesides? Was it to protect their property? To defend their state’s rights? To free themselves from the tyrannical rule of the centralized Northern government?
Was it boredom or a sense of manliness that drove men to the army? My personal belief is that is was all of the afore mentioned motives.