- Mr. Smith:
On Civilwarhome.com, we have confirmation for my numbers which
originally came from Confederate Military History, Vol. 7, Chapter IX.
There is also The West Point Atlas of American War. Check out
if you'd like.
Do you really think that all of the men paroled after the capture of
Vicksburg were *effectives*? I would think that this would have been
highly, highly unlikely. It would have been quite unusual to find any
army in the field with 100% or so effectives, but the base of an army
would almost undoubtedly have a much larger proportion of non-fighting
The blind acceptance of the higher number, without qualifying it
whatsoever, does not seem reasonable.