All history needs to be understood in the context in which it occurred not in the context we wish it occurred. Anyone who things the decision to ‘go south ‘ in 1961 was one as simple as pro or anti slavery, understands nothing of the men and women involved, history, or of human nature. These were complex, educated people ( I’m speaking of Lee, Jackson etc) who all had long and faithful service to the nation prior to 1861. They made a decision of conscience which war proved was wrong. Did they commit treason-yes- but were they pardoned- yes- did perhaps our greatest president call us:
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Let’s follow on to his request and have malice toward none and charity for all _regardless of their decisions of conscience.