Some very good points are brought up in the last posts.I would like to add a major factor is education.It is not common knowledge that there were "southern unionist".It is not taught in grade schools, high schools or college.The education of the American Civil War is condeced into "these guys north fought these guys south."Even into college, I took a class on the American Civil War and the dividing line was geographic and not of ideas/convictions.Education is the key to reaching more folks about the southern unionist. I have also heard the statement from some descendats of southern unionists, that is was like hearing you had a "horse-thief" in the family.It just was not discussed among family.Matters may changing....hope so.The "mystic" of the old south has been a factor also.I read in "Confederates in the Attic" a description of a historically (1860's) pro-union county in Kentucky, now present day has a much changed feel(?),many references to "rebels" and "dixie".Everyone wants to be a "rebel". I view this as "cult-cool".In my view, what could be more "rebel" than to be a southern unionist!They did not follow the crowd or was nor swayed by pressure by majority seccessionist thought.I reckon they rebeled against the rebels. Research is also a challenge.To find a person from the south in a Union regiment takes some detective work.Some units were made up in the southern states but many southern men also fought in "Northern" Units such as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana..etc.IT would be great if we had a roster of union regmts with the muster in city/town and state.