- Oct 2012
Not to mention that slavery was the prime motivator in determining whether to throw loyalties in with state or country. The counties in Confederate states where support for the Union ran high throughout the war (Ex. East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, some heavily wooded counties in south Alabama) were ones where the ratio of slave to free was low.I’d say that organizing an army whose sole purpose is to kill American soldiers is pretty much a betrayal.
The higher proportion of slaves to free, the higher the support for the Confederacy. South Carolina and Mississippi, the states with the highest percentages of slaves, were also the first two to secede.