Then… “Southern perspective” or “Southern perspectives?”
So, clearly, not all Civil War era Southerners believed in or supported the Confederacy. Slaves, free blacks, Southern Unionists, disillusioned Confederates, disaffected Confederates, and the generally indifferent were also among the total population of the Civil War era South. “The Southern perspective” of the war, therefore, is an inaccurate phrase. Instead, it would be more accurate to speak of perspective in the plural, thereby encompassing the wider range of Southerners that populated the Civil War era South. The symbolism of the Confederacy is but one element of the perspectives of the Civil War era South.