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Editor says, what if Nathan Bedford Forrest had been hanged for his war crimes? This would have been a happy ending indeed, and Jackie Rose explains why. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
It is 1865,and the Civil War has just ended.
Happy Endings Part 16 Death of a War CriminalThe world is outraged to hear of the atrocities committed by the Confederate general named Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Indeed, some of his own men were so horrified that they revealed how he had ordered them to execute Negro prisoners of war. His attitudes might have been shaped by the fact that he himself had been a slave trader before the war, but of course that was no excuse.
Needless to say, he was tried and hanged as a war criminal. While he had been helping the form the Ku Klux Klan after the Confederate surrender, its sympathizers were now afraid of suffering the same penalty, so the new organization never got started. And thank goodness for that!
Editor says, what really happened: Forrest was not even tried for his terrible crime. Instead, he became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, causing even more hundreds of murders, mostly of innocent Blacks. Efforts are now being made to remove his name from the high school and state park that were named in his honor, but so far they have not succeeded. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.