Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War , they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels by John Jakes, which I have all read after seeing the 3 seasons for the first time.

Unfortunately my big hero from this show, Patrick Swayze, passed away way too soon.

This series had many big names like Hal Holbrook, Olivia de Havilland, Linda Evans, Kirstie Alley, and Forest Whitaker had one his first roles there.