Mr. Blackwell, You need to write about the year, 1857. Mr. Blackwell did melodramatic life exist that year? The southern white man, Lee, Overstreet, Jackson, Davis and etc were serious men. They were protecting their wealth, status, and power as serious men do. Their opponents wanted and needed to take away those men's wealth, status, and power.
America should be thankful for Mr. Blackwell is none of the current members of the GOP, conservatives, or Tea Party were there in either 1770, 1776, 1789, 1837, or 1861 on either side. Decisions was required, not Fairy Tales.