Originally posted by @st-dominics-preview
Nice to see you have a 21st Century view on secession. How do you view the various Soviet States that chose to leave their 'mother state'? And other European newly formed countries over the last 40 years or so? None of that nonsense this side of the pond?
Yep, stringing up, maybe on one gallows, Robert Lee, Jeff Davies and maybe John Bell ...[text shortened]... , and stick him on the end?
Or maybe Sheridan's cruel march to the sea was vindictive enough?
Sherman to the sea; Sheridan in the Shenandoah valley. Fine work done by both; if you don't want to be exposed to the cruelties of war, don't start one. (Interesting trivia: I grew up on a street named after William Tecumseh Sherman and Sheridan Avenue was one block away).
Nathan Bedford Forrest would have been an excellent candidate though that would have been for war crimes rather than treason for his massacre of black US soldiers at Fort Pillow. The gallows would have been an appropriate penalty for all of the ones mentioned; luckily for them the US was a magnanimous country (esp. to rich white guys).
How the Euros conduct their business is their affair. As I said, their nation states are mostly the result of forced absorption and conquest not mutual compact. For the specific legality of each new nation, I'd have to do research on the one in question. AFAIK the breakup of the USSR was done by agreement; the US could have agreed to let the CSA leave by Constitutional amendment but it was under no obligation to do so and it would have been a very bad idea to let such an aggressive proposed State based on racial supremacy and bent on expansion on the US border. War would have been inevitable perhaps with a CSA allied with other States based on racial supremacy like the one in Germany in 1939.