More tersely, Thomas stands for character personified; Washington himself not more so. And now having said this, let us come again to the choice of Hercules—the parting of those terrible ways of 1861.
Like Scott and Lee, Thomas was a Virginian; but, again, there are Virginians and Virginians.
Thomas was not a Leeno domestic broil.
One of my name, from whom I claim descent, was in those years prominent in public life.
He accordingly was called upon to make the choice of Hercules, as later was Lee. He made his choice, and it was for the common country as against his section.
The result is matter of history.
Because he was a Union man, aenging pen of History to record an adverse verdict in the case of any son of Virginia who threw in his lot with his State in 1861.
Thus much for the choice of Hercules.
Pass on to what followed.
Of Robert E. Lee as the commander of the army of Northern Virginia—at once the buckler and the sword of the Confederacy—I shall say <