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|I believe you are right about the level of dedication to the actual gritty details of battles and campaigns. When I mention that I am a Civil War enthusiast, people often say they are too. Then I ask if they have read this great new book "One Continuous Fight" or Longacre's new book on General Wheeler and their eyes just glaze over. Many people I talk with or enjoy the Civil War enjoy Civil War fiction or the beautiful coffee table pictorials.
It's all good, however. I appreciate very much anyone who has an interest in history no matter how they express that interest. As long as they do have an interest, we can hope our great battle fields will continue to be funded and that scholars will continue to do exhaustive research on the war.