Look we get it maybe this isn't the most realistic timeline out there but I don't think that that was ever the point. So can we please just overlook at least most of the historical inaccuracies for just a little bit and just enjoy the damn story. Sure maybe the north just give up and maybe the battles don't make that much sense on a military viewpoint but it's a story about the Confederate States of America winning the war. It was never going to make sense from that viewpoint. We all know this story is levels of improbable that even a ASB would probably not be enough but it's a good story none the less. Lastly, the US wasn't much better to the black race. Hell one could make a case it still isn't. But we are getting better and that's all one can hope for. As somebody with blacks in my family, the fact the worst they have been called is fat is a testament to our progression on race relations as a whole. It could be better but at least none are being killed for merely being black.Wow. Lets all engage in happy talk, everything, anyone writes gets a gold star, forget about logic, or reason. Glad you enjoyed your road trip. I used to live in Virginia, have visited North Carolina many times, and was stationed in SC for some of the best years of my life. So was your view of the Confederacy formed by movies like "Gone with the Wind"? Have you seen "Birth of a Nation"? President Wilson loved it.
In your visit did you see any plantations, or restoration sites? Do you think the happy slaves in GWTW are representative of the "Peculiar Institution"? Just what do you think the Confederacy was fighting for? What was the Glorious Cause? "Our rights" What right was that? Could it be the institution of Slavery, which was made permanent in the Confederate Constitution? The CSA wasn't some charming place, of grace, and honor. It's economy was based on the breeding, selling, and exploiting of human beings. Its social structure was based on the racial superiority of the Whiteman over the Blackman. The hierarchy was becoming increasingly autocratic, and anti-democratic.
An independent CSA would have been an ugly, repressive nation, dependent on the violent, and brutal repression of almost 40% of it's people. You can have a soft spot for the modern South, but there is nothing to be sentimental about the CSA. It's not worthy of your kind feelings.
So let's just enjoy the story and not rip into at every possible opportunity. I don't mind a few opinions from the chapter itself but no don't need attacking the south for what it was doing to put food on the table. It made good money and nobody north or south will say no to money. It doesn't make it right but it does make it logical.