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Saturday, January 25, 2003



Were The Confederate Soldiers Traitors, Guilty Of Treason?

Here is a Yes. Here is a No.

And here is a GD blogger archive problem.

OK, Yes: Scroll to "Friday, January 24, 2003, 9:13 AM", with more at Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 8:27 PM"

No: Friday, January 24, 2003 Posted 3:32 PM

Yes and No. Clever yet transparent ploy, BTW - use a raver to present, and discredit, the opposing argument. Par for that blog, however.

And wasn't the war about more than slavery? The industrial North, the agricultural South, high tariffs - the Nullification Act passed by South Carolina in 1832 was inspired by a dispute about tariffs. Although, with slavery out of the mix, I doubt we have a war.

I have just been watching "Gettysburg". At one point, Longstreet, a Southern General, says (roughly) "We should have freed the slaves ourselves before we fired the first shot at Fort Sumter".

I presume (perhaps inappropriately, but the book won a Pulitzer Prize) that there is a historical basis for this quote. Was this sentiment at all common in the South, or was Longstreet an outlier?

UPDATE: I am in virtually complete agreement with this e-mail from a Lefty Correspondent, leaving me to wonder - where is the mainstream on this?

Hmm. I seem to be to the right of OxBlog on this--I don't think it's inappropriate to have a Confederate Memorial. I abhor the Confederacy, but I think the rank-and-file Confederate soldiers shouldn't be lumped in with the leaders. Once your home secedes, what are you going to do? It would've taken quite a bit of courage to become a partisan. And don't the war dead deserve commemmoration, even if they were on the wrong side?

I don't think it's inappropriate for the Germans to memorialize their non-SS dead from WW2, either.

General rule of thumb: Robert E. Lee OK, Jefferson Davis bad. Of course, the origins of the Confederate memorial stink--it was dedicated on Davis's birthday, and seems to have been part of Wilson's effort to rehabilitate the Confederacy, which I think is about as bad as Holocaust denial.


The distinction between the leadership which brought about the secession, and the common folk who served in the military, is also drawn by the Man Sans Q.



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