Talk:James J. Andrews

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
          This article is of interest to the following WikiProjects:
WikiProject Biography / Military (Rated Start-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. All interested editors are invited to join the project and contribute to the discussion. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the documentation.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
Taskforce icon
This article is supported by the military biography work group (marked as Low-importance).
 
Note icon
It is requested that a photograph or picture of this person be included in this article to improve its quality.
WikiProject United States / Kentucky / West Virginia (Rated Start-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject United States, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of topics relating to the United States of America on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the ongoing discussions.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
Taskforce icon
This article is supported by WikiProject Kentucky (marked as Low-importance).
Taskforce icon
This article is supported by WikiProject West Virginia (marked as Low-importance).
 
WikiProject Military history (Rated Start-Class)
MILHIST This article is within the scope of the Military history WikiProject. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks. To use this banner, please see the full instructions.
Start This article has been rated as Start-Class on the quality assessment scale.

WP:MILHIST Assessment[edit]

The introduction does not mention at all, or even hint at, which side Andrews was on. It becomes clearer from reading the rest of the article, but even then it's assumed that you already know, and is never explained outright. "Andrews was an espionage agent for the Union Army..." should be in there somewhere, preferably at the very beginning. LordAmeth 23:30, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Good suggestion! I have done so. Scott Mingus 23:50, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
Andrews maintained as part of his trial defense that he was not a spy/agent but acting under military directions and therefore should have been treated as a prisoner of war, he maintained he was not a spy. Indeed it was one of the last things he repeated on the scaffold. There are examples of Confederates who worked behind enemy lines dressed as civilians but were treated as enemy combatants by Union courts, not spies. As such to say he was a spy would be taking sides in the affair - which is OK, some people had the opinion he was a spy (including the so-called "kangaroo court" that convicted him) but we should show respect for Andrews in the article and not say outright he was a spy, only that the court found him as such and thus the reason he was hanged. Green Cardamom (talk) 18:48, 6 August 2011 (UTC)