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|Right now the only mentions of slavery I can rembember in Gods and Generals the book is actually at the very start of the book and it deals in part with Lee having to deal with being the executor of Custis estate. Which means he's had to take time off to put his late father-in-law's affairs in order. Something there as I recall about a former slave seeking to purchase the freedom of some relative or other. And then the deal with Harper's Ferry. And that's about all I can recall of slavery in the book.
You bring up perspective of the people being depicted, CalvryTeam. I think a lot of people look at a war movie today and their not interested in the perspectie of the people taking part, they just want to see action. But I think the perspective of the main and even secondary characters puts the action into a focus that may be more easy to relate to or at least more easy to understand why folks may have done what they did. Or maybe it's just easier to get what their mindset may have been, or is if their a compeletely fictional character in a work that is itself completely fictional. It ceases being a case of "Well I'm going to go fight this battle because I'm a soldier and that what I do" or even being "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." It more becomes an in-depth why. In doing that the characters become more real, and if their historical figures they become more alive.