- Why do Hoyle’s motivations differ from the generally assumed motivations of Confederate soldiers entailing the preservation of slavery or promotion of states’ rights?
- Hoyle continually mentioned his faith as a source of strength throughout the war. Do you believe this strength sustained Hoyle even more than the motivation of his home?
- McPherson viewed hundreds of diaries and sources from soldiers throughout the war; yet discussed different motivations for why soldiers fought. Based on the quotations from McPherson does he also promote a valid argument? Why or Why not?
- Based upon the representative letters listed on this site do you find there are other major motivations that prompted Hoyle to fight that were left out of this exhibit?