Editor: I’ve seen a lot in the press lately about Confederate statues and monuments and it continues to amaze me how those who champion such things refuse to acknowledge that the Confederate leaders and troops were taking up arms against the United States of America.
No matter how you slice it, that constitutes treason – just as George Washington was considered a traitor to the British Crown. That’s why you don’t find statues of Washington and the Revolutionary generals dotting the English countryside.
Not only were the Confederates taking up arms against the U.S., they were doing so to preserve slavery. (Isn’t it ironic that it’s mostly Republicans who are now defending the Confederate monuments, when it was their hero and figurehead, Abraham Lincoln, who ended slavery).
Also, don’t relate Confederate soldiers to those who fought in Vietnam. Those who fought in Vietnam did so FOR their country, NOT against it. What’s more, it doesn’t matter how many good things the Confederate generals did before or after the war, they still took up arms against the U.S.
Lastly, for those who continue to champion the Confederacy and refuse to acknowledge the truth, you might want to spend some time reading about the POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia. It was an atrocity that all too closely rivaled the cruelty of the Nazi death camps.