Evangelical Protestantism in the South, brought on by the Second Great Awakening, created airs of religious preeminence and exceptionalism in the southern mind and eventually digressed, after battlefield defeats resulting in astronomical casualties, into the acceptance of a certain religious fatalism. This religious fatalism, shared by rebel soldiers and the southern body politic alike, proved deadly to southern morale and southern will and ultimately led to the downfall of the short-lived Confederacy.
Wheeler, Robert L. Jr.
"From Civil Religion to Religious Fatalism: The Will of God and the Downfall of the Confederacy,"
Saber and Scroll: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
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