One of the last battles of the American Civil War was Bentonville in North Carolina. It was a Confederate victory, but the effect was small because it engaged only a portion of Sherman’s juggernaut. Twenty-one days later, Robert E. Lee on another battlefield at Appomattox surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia while in route to combine Confederate forces. The engagement of the Junior Reserve so late in the war demonstrates the desperation of the Confederate effort. It was exemplary of a world view that gambled everything to preserve their Southern institutions most exemplified by chattel slavery. This commitment and clash of views endures until today but has been shaped by future events with their own leaders, circumstances and necessities.
In the 1960s the game was on. The President was carrying us further into the Vietnam War and many young men did as they were told, marching off to war and dying. Others saw another struggle and instead went South to participate in freedom marches and demonstrations in the name of JUSTICE against the Jim Crow regimes. Some of them died and many were beaten.
I believe both groups were heroic, though one was obedient to lawful authority and the other resisted it. One was motivated by the law and the others by an allegiance to justice.