Why wasn't it Washington and Lee University in the Southern Victory timeline? My guess is ths: In OTL, with the South defeated, they felt the need to seek vindication by sneaking the name of Lee or Davis whenever possible. By adding Lee's name along side that of Washington, they were elevating him to the same level. Lee becomes a great American, and Washington becomes a Confederate. They were saying to the North, "Hey Yanks, Lee is no traitor. He's a good American like Washington, and besides, Washington would have been one of us had he beeen around during the war." Of course, Washington didn't try to tear apart the Union; he helped create it.
With the Southern victory, there was no need to sneak Lee's name in place, because he was venerated everywhere. And, Washington was thought of as one of their own, being a Virginian. So, there was no need to try to make Lee a good American, and they also considered Washington to be a Confederate (and I believe so did the Union. I think that I remember Washington no longer being revered on the grounds that he was a Virginian.) so Washington University remains Washington University, and no doubt across the Cottoned Plain somewhere, there is a Lee University.
The Real Story Edit
They didn't "sneak" Lee's name in. The trustees changed it in 1870 to honor their recently deceased President--Robert E Lee. In this timeline, Lee would have spent his postwar career commanding the armed forces of his "country," not running a college.
Actually, as President, Lee, having seen the disadvantage at which the lack of technical, industrial, and scientific training left the South, reformed the curriculum to include a science program (which still is nothing to write home about, though their pre-med program is all right). Before that they were best known for their classical languages program. So I don't see how they attracted all these hotshot theoretical physicists. I should put that on the Inconsistencies page.Turtle Fan 03:52, 22 September 2006 (UTC)