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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:22 PM

Roll Call of Confederate Soldiers and Officials Executed for Treason

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One Confederate civilian, William Bruce Mumford, was executed in an action so arbitrary it really is the exception proving (finding the extreme limits of) the rule. In 1862 he was one of a group of rabble who pulled down a USA flag that US military had raised over the mint in New Orleans. A military tribunal found him guilty of some stuff, including treason, and hung him.

This seems the ultimate example of a bad judge having a bad day. (Because almost anyone in the south could have been just as properly strung up by a passing military tribunal for treason just as easily, but as a matter of policy they were not.) Reminds me of the guy in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE executed for looting the ridiculous souvenir clock while an entire city is being reduced to ashes.

And that was it for treason executions for the Civil War, even though millions of Americans were involved in a no doubt about it war against the United States.

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After the war was over, Lincoln was assassinated and Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt, all hanged on July 7, 1865 for treason and conspiracy for the Lincoln assassination and conspiracy - by military tribunal.

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Major Henry Wirz, commandant of the infamous confederate Andersonville POW camp was executed for war crimes, though not for treason.

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TREASON is a word, and also a crime. As a word I guess one can throw it around however one wants. It joins theft and rape and fraud and a lot of other stuff as bootstrapped rhetorical crimes that are often used to describe bad actions that do not have the elements of the crimes being claimed.

As a crime, however, Treason is an infraction with elements and conditions and such and is a very limited kind of thing.

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cthulu2016 Feb 2013 OP
rdharma Feb 2013 #1
bhikkhu Feb 2013 #2
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #3
bhikkhu Feb 2013 #4
Javaman Feb 2013 #5
jorno67 Feb 2013 #7
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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:52 PM

1. And that was it for treason executions for the Civil War ........

 

There were other "tit for tat" executions...... but I don't think there were the "reprisal" slaughters of other wars. But I may be mistaken.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:17 AM

2. William Bruce Mumford

convicted and hanged in 1862 - tore down the US flag.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:27 AM

3. He was a Confederate loyalist, but a civilian

I know, picky, picky, picky

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:40 AM

4. True, and I do get the point

but the larger point would be that we did summarily execute, without trial or legal representation, 94,000 soldiers of the southern states. And we did imprison close to half a million southerners, again without trial, charge or legal representation, indefinitely (for the duration of the hostilities).

War tends to follow patterns.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:02 AM

5. and the prison barges in NYC were basically a death sentance anyway.

People talk about Andersonville being a horrible place, which it most certainly was, but nothing is ever said about those barges.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:10 AM

7. Love the Pat Paulsen reference!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:09 AM

6. "Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason?

For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason."

John Harington

Of course Harington died in 1612 so he wasn't around for the American Civil War and its aftermath.

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