Much discussion here is by folks who seem unable to grasp the causes and course of the late great unpleasantness. Probably one of the most accurate books/movies of late is Gods and Generals. It uses actual recorded dialog, primary source diaries, etc, with little Hollywood embellishment. As long as we are cluttering the General Forum with lots of threads can we just ask each participant to simply answer: (1) Watched the movie/read the book? Yes or No (2) Think it is an accurate portrayal? Yes or No (3) Would recommend folks watch/read it to understand 1861? Yes or No I bought a cheap VHS copy since my DVD always skips and bucks and I hate it. BUT I am appalled at how narrow the pix is and feel robbed of the movie experience.