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Home Again: Circa-1866 lithograph by Fabronius; painted by Trevor McClurg. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. instead of gaining ground at home, as Southerners, on the other hand, had War combat units, which were organized some successful businessmen did. “They a straightforward admiration for their by region. Today’s veterans have a feel like they lost out on the best years.” veterans. “In the South during the Civil similar connection to their hometowns. War, you were a soldier. It’s a less According to Marten, “The link between emotional hardships, needy Northern Along with the economic burdens and complicated approach,” says Marten. the community and individual unit is soldiers also faced a harsh social stigma “They had the same problems going very close … because they are our when they returned home. Unlike their on as Union soldiers, and economically, neighbors, bosses and teachers.” rural Southern counterparts, whose it was much worse. The South was poverty was accepted as the normal plight devastated by the war … but they’re passed since Civil War veterans returned of postwar adjustment, soldiers in the city- perceived very differently.” home, some of the themes of Sing Not War driven North were often condemned for their economic problems. In the end, the Civil War was challenging So while more than a century has are still relevant today. Says Marten, “I for all involved. Like today’s soldiers, many hope I’ve captured ways in which soldiers of whom serve in National Guard or adapted or failed to adapt to peacetime veterans who can’t keep up and don’t Reserve units, Civil War soldiers came from and the attitudes toward veterans of the get a good job lapse into low-level communities, and Marten sees similarities people who stayed behind.”² poverty, and they’re blamed for it. That’s between past and present veterans. “In the North, as the century goes on, the American work ethic — if you’re “If they had a bad day at battle, that poor, it’s your fault,” explains Marten. town had a bad day,” Marten says of Civil Marquette University 7