View single post by TimHoffman01
 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2006 08:51 pm
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The answer can be knocked down quite simply:  Who Won and Who Lost?

The Victors, as well as getting the honor of writing the history (usually, although with the ACWit often appears to be more even a propaganda race sometimes), have the perk of never, ever being the "bad guys."  That dubious prize always seems to fall on the losers in a war.  Only VERY recent history (and the advent of instantaneous TV coverage) seems to have changed that.

Add to that the fact that Wirtz was a foreigner (an immigrant from Switzerland) who still spoke with an accent (immigrated to Louisiana around 1849).  He was an easy target. 

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