1- Yahoo answers says
2 - Wikipedia saysAlmost one-third of all Southern families owned slaves.
3 - the book length study by Glatthaar saysOnly 8% of all US families owned slaves, while in the South, 33% of families owned slaves and 50% of Confederate soldiers lived in slave-owning households
4 - and the University of Virginia Census data saysYet more than one in every four volunteers that first year lived with parents who were slaveholders. Combining those soldiers who owned slaves with those soldiers who lived with slaveholding family members, the proportion rose to 36 percent. That contrasted starkly with the 24.9 percent, or one in every four households, that owned slaves in the South, based on the 1860 census. Thus, volunteers in 1861 were 42 percent more likely to own slaves themselves or to live with family members who owned slaves than the general population.
I consistently said 1/3 of family units in the South owned slaves and three of these four sources agree. The one that differs uses a number of just a hair under 25% which is a whole lot closer to 33 than your fairy tale figure of 1%. And even then that source uses 36% for slave owners in the southern army.The numbers varies considerably, ranging from 1 in 5 in Arkansas to 1 in 2 in Mississippi and South Carolina. In the eleven states that formed the Confederacy, there were in aggregate just over 1 million free households, which between them represented 316,632 slaveholders—meaning that just under one-third of households in the Confederate States counted among its assets at least one human being.
In fact, if you take my four sources and find the average of the four figures - it works out to 31%. I have always claimed a one-third ownership. Your definition of the term "far cry" must be really off.
The Glatthaar numbers shoot your argument right out of the water. You have consistently offered the line of thinking that the South could never have assembled a large army to fight if the only main issue was slavery since only a tiny number actually owned slaves. Glatthaar destroys that
The facts are against you and your claims.This figure, combined with the 36 percent who owned or whose family members owned slaves, indicated that almost one of every two 1861 recruits lived with slaveholders. Nor did the direct exposure stop there. Untold numbers of enlistees rented land from, sold crops to, or worked for slaveholders. In the final tabulation, the vast majority of the volunteers of 1861 had a direct connection to slavery. For slaveholder and nonslaveholder alike, slavery lay at the heart of the Confederate nation. The fact that their paper notes frequently depicted scenes of slaves demonstrated the institution's central role and symbolic value to the Confederacy.