The only way Lee could have killed federal soldiers would be if he was in a war with them. The only way he could have met them in war was if the two sides came together. Lee was in Virginia through the first 2 years of the war. That would mean that the federal soldiers had to ALSO be in Virginia. What were they doing in Virginia? Why waging war! So who was responsible for their deaths? Lee? No, their own government and commanders. If they’d stayed home, they would never have died but once they chose to commit treason by making war against the State of Virginia – and the rest of the Southern States – then that was their fault, not Lee’s. Have you read about Sherman’s crimes against women and children? Probably not….. it would suit your liberal agenda.
Thank you for your note.
During the secession winter that preceded hostilities, Lee wrote letters in which he ridiculed the Confederacy; and denounced secession as "revolution" and a betrayal of the efforts of the founders. Writing to his son William Fitzhugh, Lee stated, "I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union." Nonetheless, he chose to defend his state. Whether one thinks he was right or wrong–you obviously think he was right–it’s clear that he made a choice to fight against the federal government and on behalf of the Confederacy. It just seems to me ridiculous–insane!–for the federal government to honor him for that choice.
There used to be two Fort Shermans, one in Idaho and one in Panama, now both closed. I would not favor naming another base after him. It’s just not part of my liberal agenda.