Waging war against US is treason
Against the United States,” reminding Southern secessionists of the gravity of their intended actions. In its article, the newspaper printed that portion of the Constitution concerning treason, and it read in part:
“By Section 110 of Article III. of the Constitution of the United States, it is declared that:
‘Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. … The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason.’"
The Times article went on to state what punishment Congress had determined for the crime of treason:
“In 1790, the Congress of the United States enacted that:
‘If any person or persons, owing allegiance to the United States of America, shall levy war against them, or shall adhere to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States, or elsewhere, and shall be thereof convicted on confession in open Court, or on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act of the treason whereof he or they shall stand indicted, such person or persons shall be adjudged guilty of treason against the United States, and SHALL SUFFER DEATH.’”
There is no doubt that Robert E. Lee committed treason, a crime so repugnant that it can only be branded as villainy. Simply put, Robert E. Lee was a felonious oath breaker who is lucky that he was not hung for the treasonous villain that he was. And those who wish to wish to honor and venerate treasonous villains like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart and their ilk, what type of villains are they?