JOHNS HOPKINS FLAP
A Mr. J. Wister Huey III posted this comment in the Baltimore Sun:
I am one Johns Hopkins alumnus who could not agree more with the university’s decision to suggest the unreconstructed Confederate sympathizers take their party off campus ("A Civil action," editorial, Nov. 21).
Two of my great-grandfathers and one great-great-grandfather served as Confederate officers.
While I am eternally grateful for the role they played in producing my grandparents, parents, sister, cousins and all our descendants, the fact is that they were traitors to their country. Were it not for Abraham Lincoln’s wise decision to put the war behind us, heal our wounds and move on, they might well have been hanged, as those in more radical circles proposed to do to Confederate officers after the war.
And now, after 143 years, perhaps it is time that we put the Civil War or what some call "The War of Northern Aggression" behind us.
To the sons (and daughters) of the South, I say: You lost. Get over it.
J. Wistar Huey III
This is my posted reply:
It would be preferable and less embarrassing to him if Mr. Huey studied history and assimilated some facts before expressing his "opinions".
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers were, technically "traitors" yet I imagine that Mr. Huey admires and reveres them.
Secessionists were not. There was a great hue and cry from the "radical republicans" after the war to try Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and other Southern leaders as traitors but more educated legal heads who understood our Constitution prevailed.
"If you bring these leaders to trial, it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution, secession is not a rebellion. His [Jefferson Davis] capture was a mistake. His trial will be a greater one. We cannot convict him of treason." — Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1867.
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