We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is kind of weird in a way, but that's a good question. Even without a strong industrial base to support a war effort, the Southern states were very innovative introducing different tactical concepts and machines that were very advanced. It certainly wasn't the lack of courage either. To me, it seems rather obvious that the reason was they just ran out of time and money.
With respect to the Turtleman - well, I'll put it this way - there are all kinds of crazy people who do all kinds of crazy things for all kinds crazy reasons. What's the quantitative difference between wrasslin' a snapping turtle and jumping off a bridge attached to a huge rubber band? I would posit nothing at all - they are both nuts.