Because of this searing ordeal, Southerners had and continue to have a
radically different historical narrative than the remainder of America.
We have distorted our history to fit the Myth of the Lost Cause and it
is this history
which explains our obsession with the Civil War. Most Americans find
both our narrative and our obsession with the war inexplicable. But it
isn’t, really. What few Americans outside the South don’t
understand is the Confederate defeat was so devastating the impact
reverberates to this day. And where the depredations were the greatest,
the war is remembered even more strongly. How could it not be?