Thanks for the reply! I don’t disagree at all with your contention that Margaret Mitchell overemphasized the plight of the genteel Southern families, not because it was totally true, but because it was necessary for Scarlett’s story. When I said the book was accurate, I meant in terms of the battles, the dates, the Generals, the casualties, etc.
I guess when I talked about the “mood” I was more referencing the feelings of resentment that so many Southerners had regarding “The War of Northern Aggression” (Yes, I know the South fired first but that seemed immaterial to many people, even today! : )
By the way, have you ever read a book called “For Cause and Comrades”? It is a collection of letters written by soldiers on both sides explaining why they were fighting. My son is a history major and it is probably one of his all time favorite books!
He quote one of my gg grandfather's letters (from the thesis) in the book.