You did not make the comparison Cab I did so no worries on that point. Second I am not defending or even really trying to argue a point. I brought up what I thought would be a valid point initially. You do not agree and feel differently about the whole situation which is understandable and really A o.k. in my book.
Originally Posted by cabernetluver
As far as a commander of the South goes he obviously treated folks who had surrendered poorly. I would also like to point out that at that particular time war and the civil war in general were much different than the way folks were treated in WWI and WWII. Basically a poorly trained group of Southerners with no real training or guidelines is a whole bunch different than a current Army Brigade would operate and guidelines to operate under.
I guess I am equating Bedford with a terrorist more than a commander of US forces for the most part. Even though he has an army or troops they are not troops in the real sense of the word.
I also realize Byrd has never lynched or killed anyone as far as I know so he and Bedford are different in that sense. What Byrd did do is join an organization that did do those types of things, knowing full well that those types of things were done. So he was ok with the founders of the organization he joined lynching and killing he just did not participate. He made a choice to join a terrorist organization, so even if he did not kill or terrorize blacks he did not have a huge problem with folks that did.
As far as not addressing the question I am not sure what I missed?? I believe I had said if you needed a one word answer it would have been no.
While I understand you want to point out a difference in his command I am not sure there was a huge difference in what he did as a Southern General and what he did as leader of the KKK. I believe he probably did not have much oversight as leader of the Southern forces and basically no one to answer to as leader of the KKK.
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.-Theodore Roosevelt
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