Died for states rights guaranteed under the constitution.
The people of the south, animated by the spirit of 1776, to preserve their rights, withdrew from the federal compact in 1861. The north resorted to coercion. The south, against overwhelming numbers and resources, fought until exhausted.
During the war there were twenty two hundred and fifty seven engagements. In eighteen hundred and eighty two of these, at least one regiment took part.
Number of men enlisted: Confederate armies 600,000; Federal armies 2,859,132
Losses from all causes: Confederate, 437,000; Federal, 485,216