Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College, who is about to publish a biography of Robert E. Lee, speaking at Washington & Lee University on “Did Robert E. Lee Commit Treason?”
The video’s description reads, “Dr. Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, and Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program, currently at work on a major new biography of Robert E. Lee, will deliver a lecture with an accompanying faculty colloquium and a followup community discussion.” It’s an excellent presentation, but I’m forced to disagree with the last sentence of his talk, in which he says no one can say Lee was a traitor without having a trial verdict. We can say all kinds of historical facts without trial verdicts, and we can say Lee’s actions met the definition of treason. Also, I don’t think he handled the question about secession very well. I think he could have used the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution to shut that question down. Otherwise, it’s an excellent video.