I was five years old and me and my dad were watching The good, the bad and the ugly. A great movie, became a life altering movie when they got to the scene where yankees and rebels are fighting over a bridge. What was going on there? Who were the ones in gray? Why were the ones in blue not shooting indians like they usually did?

My dad explained and I was instantly hooked. It’s safe to say that ever since that moment not a day has gone by without me thinking about the American Civil War. I don’t know how to explain it, I’m just extremely passionate about the American Civil War. I have even tried to suppress it, because it takes a lot of my reading time and well, it’s not very useful topic, career-wise.

Recently I did manage to get the opportunity to write a pdh about the ACW. On southern opposition against the Confederacy to be exact. Neo Confederates will balk at that idea, but hey, I’m extremely open to all arguments. Right now I’m thinking the Confederacy was an almost doomed attempt to slavery, but there have been times I’ve thought it had more to do with tariffs that favored the north and put the south at a disadvantage.

Anyway, if you are willing to help a Civil War buff, or know someone who might, this is what I’m looking for:

-places to stay in the US and people who are willing to show me around in such areas as Vicksburg, Charleston, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Richmond, Petersburg, Atlanta, …
-american civil war buffs who’d be willing to let me and my girlfriend stay with them (she’s not a civil war buff, but I’m trying hard to ‘convert’ her, see picture)
-reenactors who might be eager to take me along on one of their reanactment events
-any civil war books that you don’t need and want to donate to somebody who will definitely read and cherish them
-any help whatsoever in mapping out Southern opposition against the Confederacy, anything that gives an idea about why Confederate soldiers deserted, why southeners joined Union forces
-any information -preferably first hand- as to why Confederate soldiers fought. I’m especially interested in the motivation of Confederate soldiers who held out till the very last, those who were still around at Appomattox for example
-any possible contact data of writers and historians willing to help me with my research