"It was an act of treason at the time against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the US Constitution," Milley said. "And those officers turned their back on their oath."
I do not agree that these men could be seen ss traitors!
Brigadier General Henry L. Benning, a successful lawyer from Columbus, GA, who later won election as Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court in the decade before the war. Benning’s Confederate service officially began with his appointment to the rank of Colonel in the Georgia Militia 17 August 17, 1861.
Ambrose Powell Hill Jr., Graduated West Point in 1847, ranking 15th of 38. March 1, 1861, just before the outbreak of the Civil War, Hill resigned his U.S. Army commission. After Virginia seceded, he was appointed colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
John Brown Gordon, Maj. Gen.. Was an Attorney and Planter. Enlisted 5/6/1861 as a Captain, Company D. 6th Alabama Infantry. Post War Senator, Governor
George Edward Pickett. Graduated West Point in 1846, last in his class. Claiming loyalty to his home state, Pickett resigned from the army shortly after Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861.