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PoP's Southern American: What the U.S. Supreme Court Knew About Jefferson Davis: by Tim Manning

6/18/2013

What the U.S. Supreme Court Knew About Jefferson Davis: by Tim Manning

CSA President Jefferson Davis, the CSA Cabinet, and the great military leaders of the Confederate States of America were never charged with treason or any other crime against the USA.

WHY? This is an important and revealing question. Following the massive genocide against Southern Negroes and Caucasians and the cry for Southern blood following the U.S. murder of Abraham Lincoln there was NO GENEROUS POSTURE in the northern States about the Confederate States and northerners were not a forgiving people. So, what happened?

Albert Taylor Bledsoe (November 9, 1809 – December 8, 1877) was an Episcopal priest, attorney, professor of mathematics, and officer in the Confederate army and was best known as an apologist for the Confederate States of America. The outline of his life goes like this . . . (mostly from Wikipedia outline)

Bledsoe was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, the oldest of five children of Moses Owsley Bledsoe and Sophia Childress Taylor (who was a relative of President Zachary Taylor). He was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1825 to 1830, where he was a fellow cadet of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. After serving two years in the United States Army, he studied law and theology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and received his M.A. and LL.M. In 1836 he married Harriet Coxe of Burlington NJ, and they had seven children, four of whom survived childhood. Bledsoe was . . .   

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and French, Kenyon College, (OH) 1833–1834.  

Professor of Mathematics, Miami University (OH), 1834–1835.  

Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Mississippi, 1848–1854.  

Professor of Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1854–1861.

In his lectures at the University of Virginia would frequently "interlard his demonstration of some difficult problem in differential or integral calculus--for example, the lemniscata of Bernouilli [sic] --with some vigorous remarks in the doctrine of States' rights". His book The Philosophy of Mathematics was one of the earliest American works on mathematics and includes chapters on Descartes, Leibnitz, and Newton.

In 1835, Bledsoe became an Episcopal minister and became an assistant to Bishop Smith of Kentucky. He abandoned his clerical career in 1838 because of his opposition to infant baptism. Later in life, he was ordained a Methodist minister in 1871, but he never took charge of a church. He was a strenuous advocate of the doctrine of free will and his views are set forth in his book Examination of Edwards on the Will (1845).

In 1838, Bledsoe moved to Springfield, Illinois, where he was a law partner of Edward D. Baker, and where he practiced law in the same courts as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. He practiced before the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC from 1840–1848.

In 1861, Bledsoe received a commission as a colonel in the Confederate Army, and later became Acting Assistant Secretary of War. In 1863 he was sent to London for the purpose of researching various historical problems relating to the North-South conflict, as well as guiding British public opinion in favor of the Confederate cause.

His essays published as a book titled "Is Davis a Traitor?" was possibly the best book written on secession as a solution to tyranny and was read by the members of the USA Supreme Court following the war. The Supreme Court justices feared charges being brought against President Davis would result in a U.S. judicial review that would demand . . .

1) That the Southern States be freed of the USA immediately,

2) That the USA would have to pay war reparations to the CSA that would break the back of the northern industrial States and banks for many decades,

3) That Northern military officers and elected government officials be tried and executed for war crimes against humanity, and that

4) All Confederates charged would be found innocent and the USA would be known for the bully that it was.

In 1868 he moved back to the United States and published the Southern Review. He was the "epitome of an unreconstructed Southerner" and published articles defending slavery and secession.

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