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I think there was no such organization as 8th Virginia battalion in Armistead's brigade. Who and What Conquered the South? We give, without comment, the answer to this question contained in an article by Mr. Richard Grant White, high authority with the cultured classes of the North, in the September number of the North American Review: ‘The South had fought to maintain an inequality of personal rights and an aristocratic form of society. The North had fought, not in a crusade for equality and against aristocracy, but for money; for the riches it had acquired, and that the newly-developed means of acquiring riches might not be destroyed; for nothing else. After the first flush of enthusiasm caused by the bombardment of Fort Sumter— “firing on the flag” —had subsided, before which no insult, no defiance, and notably—very notably—no enthusiasm for liberty and equality had been able to awaken enough fighting spirit in the North to lead the administrators of the Federal Government to take any important steps for its preservation—after this excitement had subsided, and yet the war must needs be prosecuted or the Government destroyed, the contest became one of money for the sake of money. The war was virtually carried on by the moneyed men, the business men of the North. They furnished its “sinews,” and this they did for their own interest. Many of them grew rich by the war; most of them saw that in its successful prosecution lay their ’
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