From the September 18, 1861, edition of The New Hampshire Sentinal:
Rebel Officers Shot—Two rebel offices, while spying about our camp at Elk Water, in Western Virginia, Friday morning, were surprised by our pickets and shot. The body of one was brought into camp and proved to be Col. John A. Washington of Mount Vernon. He was not a direct descendant of the great Washington, whose work he was so shamefully endeavored to pull down, but was the son of Bushrod Washington, the favorite nephew of the “father of his country.” His character was utterly unworthy of the illustrious name he bore, and no tears will be shed over his loss among those who most revere his name.
Considering the ancestry of Lee and other Confederate notables and sympathizers, I wonder which side the majority of our founders would have have taken during this second revolution.
Please share your thoughts.