, tried, convicted, sentenced and hanged.
That in certain well-remembered instances this course was not pursued, is to my mind, even yet much to be deplored.
In such cases clemency is only another form of cant.
Having now discussed what have seemed to me the necessary preliminaries, I come to the particular cases of Virginia and Robert E. Lee.
The two are closely interwoven—for Virginia was always Virginia, and the Lees were, first, over and above all, Virginians.
It was the Duke of Wellington who, on a certain memorable occasion, indignantly remarked, in his delightful French-English: Mais avant toutje suis gentilhomme Anglais.
So might have said the Lees of Virginia of themselves.
As respects Virginia, moreover, I am fain to say there was in the attitude of the State toward the Confederacy, and, indeed, in its bearing throughout the Civil War, something which appealed strongly —something unselfish and chivalric—worthy of Virginia's highest record.
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