Lee in the Union Oct 3, 2020 13:38:49 GMT
Post by stevep on Oct 3, 2020 13:38:49 GMT
That's kinda my take on him as well. In the story, he's already seen as a traitor in Virginia for not surrendering immediately like so many other Southern officers did. I also forgot to mention that, as he and his men were leaving the Alamo, he fired it and destroyed all the supplies there because the man he surrendered to failed to require the supplies be surrendered intact in the surrender documents. So his standing in the South is screwed. (As an aside, Turtledove really screwed Ben McColluh (sp) over in this story. He turned him into little more than a bumbling rank amateur, while in real life, he was actually a decent tactician and had a good understanding of how war was fought.)
Thanks for the summary. That does put Lee in a difficult position. I think Lee would either refuse to fight at all or as you say be willing to serve the union but not directly against Virginia as you say. Trend to think the former because if he continued to serve in the union forces after Virginia leaves the union he would be reviled there but if he say returned to Virginia on condition he didn't serve he would still be accepted there. Suspect that how he was viewed in Virginia would be most important to him.
Back to Lee, given he was already seen as a traitor and was reviled in Virginia, would that effect his decision? If he was seen as just having done his duty while Virginia was still part of the Union, I could see him retiring and staying out of the fighting. But given the sheer number of other Southern officers who turned over their whole commands to the South, regardless of whether or not their state had seceded yet, I don't know if that will be an option for him.
Ah if he's already seen as a traitor in Virginia, other than by a small number of hot-heads anyway, that would make a return more difficult. Also while technically permissible that little trick with firing the fort to destroy the supplies will be seen as rather underhand by many.