Some folks seem to be having a difficult time understanding some Southerners' attachment to the South's Christianity, the War Between the States, and those heroes associated with the Southern Army. Academics like to put Southerners and their culture under a microscope and poke and prod them. They've been doing it for years and most aren't any closer to figuring things out than they were 40 years ago. I actually find it amusing. I've posted on the combined impact of Christianity and the Civil Ware before.
This particular article which originally appeared in Christian History Magazine (A publication I HIGHLY recommend) might help.
(Painting by Dale Gallon.)