Concerning the reader from Maryland who wondered where the dividing line between North and South is: I believe that for those of us living in the 21st Century, the Confederacy is as much a state of mind as it is a place.
For example, I was born here in IL, and would be considered by many to be a d–n Yankee. I have lived for 22 of my 33 years in my native state, the remainder of which were spent in the Republic of Texas, and California. My bride is a Southern belle of Missouri. One of our sons was born in California, and the other here in Chicago. I have Confederate and Union Ancestors, (which makes me a pariah to some on both sides), and several Patriot Ancestors who helped defeat King George III.
What makes me a Confederate, then? Certainly not the place of my birth, but my beliefs, some of which are as follows: I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, the Bible is the only Word of God, that because men and women are created in the image of God, they have certain inalienable rights; the 2nd Amendment, and that a limited representative democracy is the best form of government that the world has seen. Although not an exhaustive list, I believe that these are some of the ideals of the Confederacy. North, South, East or West, I believe that anyone who shares these beliefs is worthy to be called my countryman.
Rev. Mark D. Woolfington