If you own two houses, and move into one of them, does that mean you no longer own the other? That someone else can just take it?If fort Moultrie remained federal property after Anderson moved out then on what grounds could the US gov't claim to retain ownership, given that they had abandoned it?.
Which was done legally, by an act of Congress, with the agreement of all parties concerned. The United States citizens resident in Arlington did not abandon it, Arlington did not secede from the District of Columbia, Virginia did not seize it, and it remained unquestionably part of the United States.Arlington county Virginia was once part of district of Columbia it reverted back to Virginia in 1846.
That was a legal transfer where the Federal Government ceded the land back to Virginia. Virginia didn't just walk in and take it. Had the Federal Government not ceded the land back to Virginia, it would still be part of DC today. It has nothing to do with South Carolina illegally taking Federal property.Arlington county Virginia was once part of district of Columbia it reverted back to Virginia in 1846.
No, it's concern with the legality of it. My take is legality has really no play in it because it happened regardless. If South Carolina honestly thought it was an illegal move, you think they would have left Sumter to the Union? That would be like Keystone Cops running the Civil War.It doesn't seem that even the OP is disputing that particular point.
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