Once heard a story from the civil war that offers some insight to the motivations that inspired many men in gray. A confederate private was captured by Yankees. They began asking him questions about his lifestyle. How big was his plantation? He didn't live in a plantation. He lived in a small one room house. How many slaves did he have? He told them none. They then asked him why was he fighting them?
He responded: "Cause yaul down here".
My ancestor died defending his south Georgia home from an invading army.
"Cause yaul down here".