You made me realize that one of the most important periods on my development towards Civil War interrest came when I was living in Jacksonville, Fla. I came to know more strongly dedicated Civil War buffs and historians while living in that area, more than any other place I lived. I never realized that. That could explain Ronnie Van Zant's interest.
My side of town was Forrest High School people. Ever year they claim their going to change the name and have done so since the late sixties.