I mean, what’s a little sedition by a general who took an oath to defend his country but was willing to kill loyal American troops instead so he and his friends could keep owning people??
And as for that hallowed ground … it most certainly is, because it was redeemed as a Union burial ground. And because the U.S. government took action. I’m just sorry the traitor’s family ultimately got rich off his treacherousness anyway.

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