I would be remised if I didn't mention the characters on the stage of the American Civil War. I genuinely find history to be formulaic, almost like a math equation. If A happens while B also happens, then C will be the outcome. This is a comical worldview for anyone who truly knows me, as I greatly disdain all things math-related. The people and the places are almost interchangeable for me. What ultimately drives the story, narrative, or however you wish to view the past is the events and place, not so much the individuals. I will admit that this is almost a too simplistic view and most likely deeply flawed logic. My only rational defense is, in the words of the great animated philosopher of the 20th century, Popeye the Sailor Man, "I Yam What I Yam and Dats What I Yam!"
This all being said, credit needs to be given where credit is due. The larger-than-life cast of players, movers and shakers, and the like during the war are significantly examined within the realm of academia and our textbooks. Historians have steered books and, in some instances, their entire career in the service of retelling and analyzing civil war generals. This interests me less than most because I look at the more significant concepts to answer why instead of fine combing everything mundane detail like a forensic scientist. You could say I see the forest, not the trees kind of historian. I wish not to be overwhelmed by detail to the point where it obscures the overall situation. But let us not do a great disservice to you. Without a doubt, there are tales to be told from some serious heavy hitters like Robert E Lee to William T Sherman. Make sure to bring your microscope for this investigation.
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