A Confederate Officer from Pennsylvania, and His Ties to the South

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Army Ordinance department, where he remained until the Civil War broke out. Gorgas married his wife Amelia Gayle Gorgas while he was stationed in Alabama in 1853. Mrs. Gorgas was the daughter of a prominent Alabama politician and ex-governor named John Gayle. This highly influential family that Josiah Gorgas connects himself too casually persuades him to identify with Southerners and the Southern Cause...
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Josiah Gorgas feels more at home with his wife's family than with his own. This may have been in part because Josiah was not home much after going to West Point. He felt disenfranchised from his family once the War broke out. It is interesting to see how an educated man from the North can just simply change to the Southern vantage point...
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