Skip to comments.Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend
Posted on 01/19/2011 4:46:39 PM PST by BigReb555
The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will sponsor their 24th Annual Robert E. Lee birthday celebration on Saturday, January 22, 2011, in the Legislative Chambers of Georgias Old Capitol in Milledgeville, Georgia that will begin with a parade to the Old Capitol at 10:45 AM.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011, is the 204th birthday of General Robert E. Lee.
Young people will get a school holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King whose birthday is January 15th. But, will anyone tell them that January 19th is also the birthday of Robert E. Lee?
Booker T. Washington, Americas great Black-American Educator wrote in 1910, quote The first white people in America, certainly the first in the South to exhibit their interest in the reaching of the Negro and saving his soul through the medium of the Sunday-school were Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. unquote
During Robert E. Lees 100th birthday in 1907, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., a former Union Army Commander and grandson of United States President John Quincy Adams, spoke in tribute to Robert E. Lee at Washington and Lee Colleges Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia. His speech was printed in both Northern and Southern newspapers and is said to had lifted Lee to a renewed respect among the American people.
Robert E. Lee-Stonewall Jackson Day events are planned for Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Lexington, Virginia that includes a Memorial at Lee Chapel featuring Guest Speaker Kenny J. Rowlette with topic: Opposites In CommandThe Legendary Partnership of Lee and Jackson. For additional information go to: http://leejacksonday.webs.com/
And the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will sponsor their 24th Annual Robert E. Lee birthday celebration on Saturday, January 22, 2011, in the Legislative Chambers of Georgias Old Capitol in Milledgeville, Georgia that will begin with a parade to the Old Capitol at 10:45 AM.
Many more events are planned for Robert E. Lee . who was born at Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 19, 1807. The winter was cold and fireplaces were little help for Robert's mother, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee.
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.
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.
General Winfield Scott offered Robert E. Lee command of the Union Army in 1861, but he refused. He said, I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children.
Lee served as adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and then commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia.
After four terrible years of death and destruction, General Robert E. Lee met General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, and ended their battles.
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 at 9:30 on the morning of October 12, 1870, at Washington-Lee College.
He is buried in a chapel on the school grounds with his family and near his favorite horse, Traveller.
President Theodore Roosevelt described General Robert E. Lee as "the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth."
A day to honor a great American and an honorable Christian Gentleman. May God always bless his memory...
What a leader and fighter for States rights. We love him so. Here is a real hero.
Some may not know this, but in photos Lee can be seen wearing the three stars of a Confederate States Army colonel, not a general, and he rarely wore any other rank insignia. In the CSA, the insignia of rank of general was three stars inside a wreath. Theres always been speculation as to why he did this his inherent modesty, his recognition that colonel was the highest rank he earned from a legitimate government, his desire to wait until the Confederacy won the war and could legitimately confer higher rank, his recognition that three stars was the insignia of rank of a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army . Ive always thought modesty and honoring his previous rank were the reasons.
Arkansas’ Mayor of Marshall Jim Smithson proudly flew the Confederate Flag over City Hall this past weekend in honor of General Lee. When I called to thank him today I was told that I was the only positive feedback that he recieved. I was told they had numerous complaints from angry folks. I only wish I could do more to help than make a pitiful phone call.
Lee's reputation certainly was a triumph of good manners. If Lee had been cruder or ruder with less of the aura of saintly forbearance about him, he'd have been judged much more harshly by posterity. As it is, he's judged more on his presumed character than on the decisions he made and their effects. And the halo around Lee also influences how his subordinates, like Stonewall Jackson, are viewed.
Like the "drunk" U.S. Grant? Or "madman" Sherman?
“Stonewall Jackson would have a man shot at the drop of a hat....and he’d drop the hat himself!”
-Private Sam Watkins, Co. H 1st Tennessee.
I have seen pictures of other Confederate generals with just three stars on their collars.
He was much like George Washington. His character a deliberate outcome of the code he praticed. Not surprising considering his pedigree.
So how many times are you planning on posting this same story?
Actually, neither of those assertions is sufficiently provable. Grant allegations have been blown way out of both proportion and context. Sherman loved, and had family, in the South. He was an accomplished General who was understandably hated by his victims. A more honestly curious historical search might alter your preconceptions.
Speaking of context, this is the opinion of a life-long, history loving, getting long-in-the-tooth, yankee southern sympathizer.
Also a history student, but I do not study CW history. It is too painful. Some of my ancestors came to TX during Reconstruction, they were literally burned out of AL then. My great-grandfather (age 7) and his mother came here without the father. His father was a wanted man, Carpetbaggers would have killed him had they found him. Those were corrupt, brutal and bitter times.
The history books are written by the victors. There were a lot of problems with the South but also with the North. Unwritten history is probably best left alone, but also remembered.
Don't missunderstand me, I have been a Republican my entire life. Was Republican County Chairman in a county in NM for a time. My ancestors would have approved, it is not a label thing.
We don't know what Washington or Lee's own Federalist father "Light Horse Harry" Lee would have thought of Robert's turning his back on his oath and joining the Confederate forces.
We do have the example of Winfield Scott, George Thomas and Lee's cousin Samuel Phillips Lee, Virginians who honorably served the Union, though.
Nor do we know what Lighthorse would have thought of a union which would do something so horrendous to Virginia.
Of course Harry died before Robert was old enough to have adult discourse on politics. Perhaps that would have made a difference though IIRC Harry had been disappointed in many later Federalist policies (tariffs come to mind) and with the hindsight of age all men see intemperance in their past- so he may not have defended the union as strongly as his history suggests.
Yet I feel sure, though he lived a thousand years, he would have always been appalled at any criticism of General Washington!
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