The Confederacy put Washington on its great seal and insisted it was true to his memory in waging a “Second American Revolution.” Although that argument seems plausible at first glance, Washington’s own words and acts show just how wrong it was.
William F.B. Vodrey, a magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court, is a former president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. He has long been interested in the Civil War, and has spoken on the subject to such organizations as the Andersonville Society, the Cleveland Grays, the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Western Reserve Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous Civil War roundtables. His essay “George Washington: Hero of the Confederacy?” appeared in American History magazine. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Vodrey lives in Cleveland with his wife Susan and their three boys.