The Confederate soldiers fought for the South in the American Civil War and were supporters of slavery. The Confederate soldiers were primarily under the age of 30, as were the union soldiers.
The Confederate soldiers were also often farmers who likely had other previous professions, including clerks, students, blacksmiths and carpenters. The soldiers were all men; however, not all of them were born in America. Many of the Confederate soldiers were foreigners, such as the Irish. There were also black men among the Confederate group, but they were not allowed to serve as soldiers and instead served as servants and construction workers for the soldiers. In March 1865, the Confederate Congress allowed black men to join as soldiers, but by this time the war was almost over.