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|I was born in Austria in '50 and apart from hearing about the American Civil War in history class at school my interest was first kindled reading "Gone with the Wind" (in German) during my teens but books about the American Civil War are hard to come by in Austria and my interest was only revived after moving to the US in the '80s, visiting different battlefields and reading James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom". But, like KJ, it was after seeing the movie "Gettysburg" that I became a real Civil War Buff. In the meantime, we have left the US and moved to France but my interest is as keen as ever and we go back to the US often so I can visit and re-visit battlefields and stock up on CW books. Sadly, none of my friends here share my interest and remarks like "won any battles lately?" are common.... Fortunately, there is the Internet!