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Susan, I don't think the movies are totally worthless. I know that as a young lad of about 9 I went to see Gettysburg in the theaters with my Dad. I was absolutely facinated and immediately after began learning everything I could about the war. Ultimately, Gettysburg is the reason I am working toward my PhD in American history. Now, I like to think that I am well read enough to understand the problems with the portrayal of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals on film, but everyone needs a spark that starts their passion for the ACW. That spark for me was a flawed movie. Cheers!
I agree with you Mark, there are some people who got interested in the Civil War through these movies. I probably never would have been a civil war buff if not for Gods and Generals, which I too saw when I was pretty young. I know the movies and books are conterversial but it's not like they are fiction, they're historical fiction which means it's pretty close to the truth, even though they may be one-sided in places.