Writing in Esquire on the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Lt. Col. Robert Bateman states, quite eloquently, something that I've long believed about someone many Americans consider a hero, Robert E. Lee.
“I think that Robert E. Lee, as a traitor and betrayer of his solemn oath before God and the Constitution, was a much greater terrorist than Osama Bin Ladin… after all, Lee killed many more Americans than Bin Ladin, and almost destroyed the United States. "
Spot on. Bateman's piece goes on to laud one of my most admired Civil War figures, the loyal Virginian, George Thomas, who most U.S. citizens have never heard of.
I urge you to read his article, there's a lot of good stuff there, including some thoughts on the very real perception of two Virginias.