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From: Carolyn Surine <>
Subject: [BRE] Brethren & Civil War Service or Evasion?
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:58:32 -0800 (PST)
I apologize if this is a second post to you, but I have not gotten it myself yet after 2 days:
For some time I have wondered how young men were able to avoid serving in the Civil War when there was so much pressure from one side or the other. Missouri was a hotbed of warfare and perceived sympathy with the wrong side might have found the unfortunate party hanging from a tree. What about men unwilling to join the cause due to religious teachings? Could Brethren stand on their beliefs, or did they have to move around in order to avoid service? Surely one's neighbors would know their sentiments, so it seems there would be little opportunity to "hide." Further, my ancestor was an immigrant German, although his household spoke English. His sons and his wife's sons by a previous marriage would have been targeted, I would think, but apparently none of them was engaged in the conflict.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this topic?
Carolyn Tusing Surine
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