You may be wondering why I would devote a post to the passing of Patrick Swayze, which occurred today. Well, if you follow Civil War television shows, you may remember a young(er) Swayze portraying Orry Main in the landmark miniseries North and South. Orry was a southerner, from a planter family, who befriended George Hazard, the son of a wealthy industrial Northern family. The series chronicled the journey of the men from West Point, through the Mexican War, and both men’s service on either side of the war, with the two reuniting at war’s end. With that show, Swayze earned a place in the larger genre of Civil War film and television. Swayze was 57 years old and had been battling pancreatic cancer for almost two years. Rest in peace Patrick Swayze.