As an avid reader of history, I have just been reading all my books- and I have many- on the American Civil War. While this war, like most wars, was tragic and very destructive, it seemed like due to the nature of Mankind the American People reached a point where decisions had to be made by the sword. I am a Southerner by birth and I prefer to live in the South, but I thank God every day the Boys (Er, Men) in Blue stood up and fought to keep this nation united. I take nothing away from the Southern soldiers who fought for right as they saw it. Ironically, I think time has shown the South has done quite well as part of the United States. The heritage of that time period is fascinating, and we still live with the legacies- both good and bad- from that tragic war. I am grateful there are Bachmann HO Train Sets that commemorate both the North and South. These sets could be very helpful in aiding your little railroader in understanding that great cataclysmic event.