indisputably were George Washington, Oliver Cromwell, John Hampden, and William of Orange.
The list might be extended indefinitely; but these will suffice.
There can be no question that every one of those named violated his allegiance, and gave aid and comfort to the enemies of his sovereign.
Washington furnishes a precedent at every point.
A Virginian like Lee, he was also a British subject; he had fought under the British flag, as Lee had fought under that of the United States; when, in 1776, Virginia seceded from the British Empire, he went with his State, just as Lee went with it eighty-five years later; subsequently Washington commanded armies in the field designated by those opposed to them as rebels, and whose descendants now glorify them as the rebels of ‘76, much as Lee later commanded, and at last surrendered, much larger armies, also designated rebels by those they confronted.
Except in their outcome, the cases were, therefore, precisely alike; and logic is logic.