Originally Posted by HockaLouis
Traitor and cold blooded murderer.
One man's traitor is another man's patriot. It's hard to judge soldier's actions during war.
Dozen of union army officers serving during the union occupation of the south returned home as heroes who had restored the rule of law. The actions they took in the summary execution of several thousands of civilians today would brand them as war criminals.
I find it hard to judge the men from either side. A "war crime" today was a normal military duty back then.