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To: WhiskeyPapa
I hadn't ever heard this about Nathan; coming from you (based on the qualities indicated in your posts), I doubt its true - but I'll look into it. Do you at least feign to profess equivalent (at least) moral outrage at wholesale northern atrocities (rape, plunder, murder) of southern civilian populations? Probably not, huh?

If all Washington was is encapsulated in your sentence, then 'putative hero' is all he could ever be. Lee was a noble, honorable man & so, of course, would not cleave wholesale to a man, or men, as you do, but to those high IDEALS embodied by the antifederalists.

Jefferson Davis was explicitly NOT tried for treason because his northern captors knew they would lose in open court on constitutional grounds.

You may as well have another whiskey, papa - coherence isn't your strong suit, anyway.
180 posted on 06/26/2002 12:20:35 AM PDT by budo
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To: budo
Jefferson Davis was explicitly NOT tried for treason because his northern captors knew they would lose in open court on constitutional grounds.

Finally someone who admits that there were Constitutional grounds why Davis and his gang were never tried. But, I assume, that you arguement would be that secession was protected by the Constitution and that is, of course, false. Davis wasn't tried because the 14th Amendment had been ratified. Since that prevented the southern leadership from holding elected or appointed office in the Federal government, Chief Justice Chase's opinion was that any trial, conviction, and sentence for treason would violate their 5th Amendment protection against double jeopardy.

183 posted on 06/26/2002 4:23:23 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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