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America Remembers Robert E. Lee
NewsMax ^ | 1/19/05 | Calvin E. Johnson Jr.

Posted on 01/18/2005 5:57:53 PM PST by wagglebee

All the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our Forefathers, should be preserved, and that the government, as originally organized, should be administered in purity and truth.
--Robert E. Lee

Why do Americans continue to remember their past?

Perhaps it is because it was a time when truth was spoken. Men and women took their stand to give us the freedoms we now enjoy. God bless those in military service, who do their duty around the world for freedom.

The Hall of Fame for great Americans opened in 1900 in New York City. One thousand names were submitted, but only 29 received a majority vote from the electors. General Robert E. Lee, 30 years after his death, was among those honored. A bust of Lee was given to New York University by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Let America not forget January 19, 2005, the 198th birthday of General Robert E. Lee.

Robert E. Lee was born at Stratford House, Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 19, 1807. The winter was cold and fireplaces were little help. Robert's mother, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee, was suffering from a severe cold.

Ann Lee named her son Robert Edward after her two brothers.

Robert E. Lee undoubtedly acquired his love of country from those who had lived during the American Revolution. His father, "Light Horse" Harry, was a hero of the revolution and served as governor of Virginia and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of his family also signed the Declaration of Independence.

Lee was educated in the schools of Alexandria, Virginia. In 1825, he received an appointment to West Point Military Academy. He graduated in 1829, second in his class and without a single demerit.

Robert E. Lee wed Mary Anna Randolph Custis in June 1831, two years after his graduation from West Point. Robert and Mary had grown up together. Mary was the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of Martha Washington and the adopted son of George Washington.

Mary was an only child; therefore, she inherited Arlington House, across the Potomac from Washington, where she and Robert raised seven children.

Army promotions were slow. In 1836, Lee was appointed to first lieutenant. In 1838, with the rank of captain, Lee fought valiantly in the War with Mexico and was wounded at the Battle of Chapultepec.

He was appointed superintendent of West Point in 1852 and is considered one of the best superintendents in that institution's history.

President-to-be Abraham Lincoln offered command of the Union Army to Lee in 1861, but Lee refused. He would not raise arms against his native state.

War was in the air. The country was in turmoil of separation. Lee wrestled with his soul. He had served in the United States Army for over 30 years.

After an all-night battle, much of that time on his knees in prayer, Robert Edward Lee reached his decision. He reluctantly resigned his commission and headed home to Virginia.

Arlington House would be occupied by the Federals, who would turn the estate into a war cemetery. Today it is one of our country's most cherished memorials, Arlington National Cemetery.

President John F. Kennedy visited Arlington shortly before he was assassinated in 1963 and said he wanted to be buried there. And he is, in front of Robert E. Lee's home.

Lee served as adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis and then commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia. The exploits of Lee's army fill thousands of books today.

After four terrible years of death and destruction, General Robert E. Lee met General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, and ended their battles. He told his disheartened comrades, "Go home and be good Americans."

Lee was called Marse Robert, Uncle Robert and Marble Man. He was loved by the people of the South and adopted by the folks from the North.

Robert E. Lee was a man of honor, proud of his name and heritage. After the War Between the States, he was offered $50,000 for the use of his name. His reply was "Sirs, my name is the heritage of my parents. It is all I have and it is not for sale."

In the fall of 1865, Lee was offered and accepted the presidency of troubled Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. The school was renamed Washington and Lee in his honor.

Robert E. Lee died of a heart attack at 9:30 on the morning of October 12, 1870, at Washington-Lee College. His last words were "Strike the tent." He was 63 years of age.

He is buried in a chapel on the school grounds with his family and near his favorite horse, Traveller.

A prolific letter writer, Lee wrote his most famous quote to son Custis in 1852: "Duty is the sublimest word in our language."

On this 198th anniversary let us ponder the words he wrote to Annette Carter in 1868: "I grieve for posterity, for American principles and American liberty."

Winston Churchill called Lee "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived." Lee's life was one of service and self-sacrifice. His motto was "Duty, Honor, Country."

God Bless America!


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Happy birthday to one of the greatest Americans to ever live.
1 posted on 01/18/2005 5:57:54 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

Great post, w.


2 posted on 01/18/2005 5:59:13 PM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a conservative.)
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To: wagglebee

Thank you for this post. Gen. Lee was indeed one of the finest Americans to ever live. It is a shame that all that our schools teach about him is his service to the Confederacy. While that service was great and honorable, his legacy is much greater than that.


3 posted on 01/18/2005 6:01:31 PM PST by deaconjim (Freep the world!)
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To: wagglebee

I predict this thread will ... oh, nevermind.


4 posted on 01/18/2005 6:03:43 PM PST by spodefly (Yo, homey ... Is that my briefcase?)
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To: wagglebee

Happy Birthday, Dear General Robert E. Lee. You are missed!


5 posted on 01/18/2005 6:06:39 PM PST by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His Blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: deaconjim

Had Virginia not seceded from the Union, General Lee would be remembered today as one of the most beloved presidents in American history.


6 posted on 01/18/2005 6:08:48 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: LadyPilgrim
You are missed!

Indeed.

BTTT

8 posted on 01/18/2005 6:10:18 PM PST by LTCJ
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To: stainlessbanner

9 posted on 01/18/2005 6:13:54 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: spodefly

I believe you're right...

BTTT


10 posted on 01/18/2005 6:15:28 PM PST by 1_Inch_Group
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To: GregGinn

In early 2004, I visited Virginia Military Institute, which adjoins Washington and Lee University. My son was being recruited to the soccer program there. While my son was involved with the coach and players, I found Robert E. Lee's house on campus at W&L. It is still occupied. I talked to some of the locals there and found that fresh hay and water were kept in the horse stall, prepared for Lee's return, for 130 years after his . This tradition was stopped in 2000, as I recall. The sense of greatness and history is palpable.


11 posted on 01/18/2005 6:16:54 PM PST by JCunningham
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To: GregGinn
Happy Birthday, Lee.

Yo Mama obviously never taught you manners. Thanks for getting on my "watch list."

12 posted on 01/18/2005 6:17:44 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: wagglebee

13 posted on 01/18/2005 6:19:54 PM PST by Godebert
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To: wagglebee

"Because he was calm when others were frenzied, loving when they hated, and silent when they spoke with bitter tongue, they shook their heads and said he was a superman or a mysterious man. Beneath that untroubled exterior, they said, deep storms must rage; his dignity, his reserve, and his few words concealed sombre thoughts, repressed ambitions, livid resentments. They were mistaken. Robert Lee was one of the small company of great men in whom there is no inconsistency to be explained, no enigma to be solved. What he seemed, he was--a wholly human gentleman, the essential elements of whose positive character were two and only two, simplicity and spirituality." Douglas S. Freeman in R.E. LEE


15 posted on 01/18/2005 6:22:08 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: wagglebee

One of my ancestors, a Sir Richard Earles, emigrated from England in the early 1600's and established a plantation in Westmoreland County, Va. I don't know exactly when this was, but there is a record of him being married in 1641. Some of my ancestors would have been neighbors of Harry Lighthorse Lee and also of George Washington's family, Washington having been born in Westmoreland County, as well.

Another one of my ancestors...my great-great grandfather, one Joab Anderson Oakes, was an officer in the Virginia Militia, and a hero of the Confederacy. He was with Lee at Appomatox. His own mount having been shot out from under him, he rode home on Lee's horse after the surrender.

I was born and raised in Kentucky, but now live in southern Maryland, not far from Westmoreland County...I hunt ducks in the Potomac River, within eyeshot of my ancestral home....but I haven't been there yet. I suppose I ought to go for a visit.

I shall do it as soon as the azaleas bloom in the spring.


16 posted on 01/18/2005 6:22:55 PM PST by Renfield (Philosophy chair at the University of Wallamalloo!!)
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To: dljordan; Da Bilge Troll; nolu chan; sionnsar; Free Trapper; dcwusmc; Wampus SC; Fiddlstix; ...

17 posted on 01/18/2005 6:24:50 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: wagglebee; stainlessbanner

God bless General Lee. (That's just a formality; I'm sure He has, and General Jackson, too!)

Tomorrow is my youngest son's 1st birthday, and he couldn't share a date with a better man!

Stainless, I'd like to get James a biography of General Lee for a birthday present (he'll appreciate it eventually :-). Which book would you recommend?


18 posted on 01/18/2005 6:24:50 PM PST by Tax-chick ( The old woman who lives in the 15-passenger van.)
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To: GregGinn

Some of us care to think he fought on the RIGHT side!


19 posted on 01/18/2005 6:26:49 PM PST by TexConfederate1861 (Sic Semper Tyrannis!)
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To: wagglebee
I remember reading a story about Robert E. Lee. I am not certain I can tell it exactly but it was something like this.

Lee and another man were walking and met a Black man who politely greeted Lee and Lee greeted him in a gracious manner. Lee's friend questioned whether he should show such courtesy to a slave.

Lee answered, "should I have poorer manners than him?"

20 posted on 01/18/2005 6:27:26 PM PST by Shanda
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To: Tax-chick

Ka-ping! HB, James!


22 posted on 01/18/2005 6:27:48 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: wagglebee
Reference #6 and #10 - my vote goes to Wagglebee.

Lee was one of very few who simply cannot be faulted,
another Washington, but for a failed and flawed cause;
a man deserving of his own holiday as much as ANY other.
23 posted on 01/18/2005 6:27:50 PM PST by norton (OK - he wasn't my favorite General but only bested by another outstanding commander)
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To: GregGinn

He wasn't on the "wrong side" and neither am I !


24 posted on 01/18/2005 6:28:43 PM PST by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His Blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: GregGinn
When a tradition has lasted that long, it seems foolish to stop at that point. That kind of stuff annoys me.

You sound like a child. Obey your tag line and let the adults talk.

25 posted on 01/18/2005 6:28:45 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: GregGinn

Well look st it from another perspective: With the death of States-Rights, came a corrupt Federal System we are having problems with TODAY......


26 posted on 01/18/2005 6:30:09 PM PST by TexConfederate1861 (Sic Semper Tyrannis!)
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To: annyokie; Constitution Day; stand watie
Here's the little guy (on left) with his brother Thomas Jackson. Their grandfather got an autographed copy of the Jackson biography from James Robertson for Tom's first birthday. I'd like to get a biography of Lee for James ... suggestions, CD and SW? Extra points for a living author!
28 posted on 01/18/2005 6:31:47 PM PST by Tax-chick ( The old woman who lives in the 15-passenger van.)
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To: wagglebee

I think Lee is the best example of a Southern gentleman and the embodiment of the Lost Cause.

But--bracing for flames here--the South didn't have to attack the enemy (as Lee twice tried and failed to do--at Antietam and Gettysburg). The Confederates needed only to hold out, as Washington's Continental Army did, until the Yankees grew tired of waging an increasingly unpopular and costly war. I do not doubt Lee's patriotism or honor--but I doubt the South's strategy, and since it was his, that makes me question his judgment.

Interesting site on the War of Northern Aggression: http://www.vw.vccs.edu/vwhansd/HIS269/Search.html

29 posted on 01/18/2005 6:32:02 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: wagglebee

I remember visiting Arlington House and feeling a great sense of sadness when the guide explained how Lee had to choose between his home and his duty to his home state.


31 posted on 01/18/2005 6:32:19 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: Tax-chick

Douglas Southall Freeman wrote some of the finest biographies of General Lee.


32 posted on 01/18/2005 6:33:16 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: Tax-chick

How cute!


33 posted on 01/18/2005 6:34:03 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: wagglebee

Good Book to read by Harry Turtledove: The Guns of the South.


34 posted on 01/18/2005 6:34:17 PM PST by mojojockey
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To: Tax-chick

Happy birthday to your son!

My wife shares a birthday (January 21) with Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson.


35 posted on 01/18/2005 6:34:20 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Renfield

"I shall do it as soon as the azaleas bloom in the spring."

The whole post was like poetry. This Yankee salutes your heritage on this day.


36 posted on 01/18/2005 6:35:25 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: wagglebee
In his final moments General Lee was reported to have made two seperate statements (Famous Last Words) the first one as I recall was :"Tell Hill he must come up" Anyone remember the second one.?
37 posted on 01/18/2005 6:35:45 PM PST by Pompah (The price of greatness is responsibility)
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To: mojojockey

I've read a number of Turtledove's books on how America (USA and CSA) would have evolved had the South won the war, they're quite fascinating.


38 posted on 01/18/2005 6:35:46 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: GregGinn
Happy Birthday, Lee.

From you, up thread.

Crude and vulgar; use of the surname only, especially in speaking of the dead.

And yes, you are watched; fresh mouths who jump on a thread to trash a great man catch my eye.

39 posted on 01/18/2005 6:35:52 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: GregGinn
Happy Birthday, Lee. Too bad you fought for the wrong side.

Huh? You have to be kidding!

40 posted on 01/18/2005 6:36:05 PM PST by CurlyBill (The difference between Madeline Albright and Helen Thomas is a mere 15 years.)
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To: Constitution Day

That's mine too. Happy birthday to your wife and General Jackson.


41 posted on 01/18/2005 6:36:39 PM PST by Godebert
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To: mojojockey; wagglebee

We loved "Guns of the South"! Is Douglas Southall Freeman still alive?


42 posted on 01/18/2005 6:36:43 PM PST by Tax-chick ( The old woman who lives in the 15-passenger van.)
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To: Tax-chick

My boy/girl twins are 13 years old tomorrow. Congrats to your son.


43 posted on 01/18/2005 6:37:18 PM PST by NCLaw441
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To: wagglebee

Proud he was from the state of VA!


46 posted on 01/18/2005 6:38:46 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Constitution Day

Congratulations to Mrs. CD! "Deo Vindice Christian School" will be celebrating Lee-Jackson Day for the rest of the week :-).

Book recommendations on Lee? I can't believe that with everything on my shelves, I don't have a biography of General Lee! I have "The Lees of Virginia," which is fascinating in a "products of inbreeding" sorta way, but nothing on the General personally.


47 posted on 01/18/2005 6:39:22 PM PST by Tax-chick ( The old woman who lives in the 15-passenger van.)
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To: NCLaw441

Happy birthday to your twins! My oldest daughter is 13 ... *interesting* age :-).


48 posted on 01/18/2005 6:40:07 PM PST by Tax-chick ( The old woman who lives in the 15-passenger van.)
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To: GregGinn

Wow... so you're the one who actually equates Republicans of the 1860's to those of today? You feel they were the same? Please explain!


49 posted on 01/18/2005 6:40:12 PM PST by CurlyBill (The difference between Madeline Albright and Helen Thomas is a mere 15 years.)
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To: TexConfederate1861
Well look at it from another perspective: With the death of States-Rights, came a corrupt Federal System we are having problems with TODAY......

Give that man a

Big Ceegar!

That is what keeps me interested in American history...those who do not learn...and whatnot.

50 posted on 01/18/2005 6:40:17 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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