"He did not lik[e] the slave owners," the son reported, "the slaveholders thought they wer[e] Better than the Poor People." The old soldier continued: "My father would not vote for a man that owned Slaves nor would he have anything to do with them." [footnote: SP Larkins, Civil War Veterans Questionnaire (Tennessee State library and archives, Nashville, Tenn.)]
Such candid observations appear frequently in a unique and often overlooked collection of documents known as the Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires.
Fred A Bailey, “Class and Tennessee's Confederate Generation,” The Journal Of Southern History Volume LI, No.1 (February 1985): 31.