Skip to comments.Robert E. Lee: Remembering an American Legend
Posted on 01/04/2012 4:35:41 PM PST by BigReb555
Thursday, January 19, 2012, is the 205th birthday of General Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of people everywhere.
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Dear students, teachers, parents, church, community leaders, historians and folks everywhere,
January is the birthday month of War Between the States Generals; James Longstreet born on January 8, 1821, Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson born on January 21, 1824, George Pickett born on January 28, 1825 and
Thursday, January 19, 2012, is the 205th birthday of General Robert E. Lee, whose memory is still dear in the hearts of people everywhere.
Many events are planned around the nation that include .
The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration in Milledgeville, Georgia on Saturday, January 21, 2012, in the Old Legislative Chambers of the Old State Capitol Building at 11 AM. A Parade will begin at 10:45 AM from the Old Governors Mansion to the Old Legislative Chambers.
Did you know that .
During Robert E. Lees 100th birthday in 1907, Charles Francis Adams, Jr., a former Union Commander and grandson of US 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.
Who was Robert E. Lee?
Robert E. Lee, a man whose military tactics have been studied worldwide, was an American soldier, Educator, Christian gentlemen, husband and father.
Robert E. Lee was born on Jan. 19, 1807, at Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The winter was cold and the fireplaces were little help for Roberts mother, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee, who suffered from a severe cold.
Ann Lee named her son Robert Edward after two of her brothers.
Robert E. Lee undoubtedly acquired his love of country from those who lived during the American Revolution. His Father, Light Horse Harry was a hero of the revolution and served three terms as governor of Virginia and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. Two members of his family also signed the Declaration of Independence.
Lee was educated at the schools of Alexandria, Va., and he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1825. He graduated in 1829, second in his class and without a single demerit.
Robert E. Lees first assignment was to Cockspur Island, Georgia, to supervise the construction of Fort Pulaski.
While serving as 2nd Lieutenant of Engineers at Fort Monroe, Va., Lee wed Mary Ann Randolph Custis. Robert and Mary had grown up together, Mary was the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, the Grandson of Martha Washington and adopted son of George Washington.
Mary was an only child; therefore, she inherited Arlington House, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., where she and Robert E. Lee raised seven children.
In 1836, Lee was appointed to first Lieutenant. In 1838, with the rank of Captain, Robert E. Lee fought in the War with Mexico and was wounded at the Battle of Chapultepec.
Lee was appointed Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1852.
Gen. Winfield Scott offered Lee command of the Union army to Lee on April 17, 1861, but he refused. He said, I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children.
The Custis-Lee Mansion Arlington House would be occupied by Federals, who would turn the estate into a war cemetery. Today Arlington House is preserved by the National Park Service as a Memorial to Robert E. Lee. http://www.nps.gov/arho/
Lee served as adviser to President Jefferson Davis, and then on June 1, 1862, commanded the legendary Army of Northern Virginia.
After four years of death and destruction, Gen. Robert E. Lee met Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia and ended their battles.
In the fall of 1865, Lee was offered and accepted the presidency of troubled Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. It is today Washington and Lee University.
Lee was called Marse Robert, Uncle Robert and Marble Man.
Robert E. Lee died of a heart attack at 9:30 AM on the morning of October 12, 1870, at Washington College where he is buried at Lee Chapel.
Dr. Edward C. Smith, respected African-American Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C., told the audience in Atlanta, during a 1995 Robert E. Lee birthday event, Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee were individuals worthy of emulation because they understood history.
On August 5, 1975, 110 years after Gen. Lee's application, President Gerald Ford signed Joint Resolution 23, restoring the long overdue full rights of citizenship to Gen. Robert E. Lee. Read more at: www.ford.utexas.edu/library/speeches/750473.htm
Lest We Forget!
Thank you for posting and reminding us all about this.
Down here in St Augustine we’re having our Lees birthday dinner on the day.
Bless R. E. Lee’s soul.
In before the Lee was a traitor crowd shows up to ruin the thread.
Concerning the picture of Lee and his sons, I have stood on those bricks and knocked on that very door. Not bragging, but I think it is pretty neat.
I think just one of those guys was his son, the other an aide.
You are correct. Photo caption:
This photograph shows Robert E. Lee (seated) shortly after the War. On the left of the picture is his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, and on the right is his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor. Lee is in uniform, as are the other two men.
my oldest is going to DC in a field trip and his teacher is taking the whole grade to his house and Arlington cemetery.
surprised they haven’t been on yet as they’re usually trolling for threads like this 24/7
The picture was taken on a south-facing brick courtyard at the rear of the first floor of a house on Franklin Street in Richmond the Lees were renting during the last year of the war and several month thereafter. The house still stands, as do the bricks and that very door. At one time in the 1980s it was operated as a restaurant by a friend of mine. He named it Traveler’s, after Lee’s horse, who also lived there. The house is now offices.
Lee was spectacular except at Gettysburg. Had he taken the high ground immediately upon arriving history might have changed radically. Even without taking the high ground then they almost pulled it off had it not been for Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine...Pickett’s charge wouldn’t have been necessary...more’s the pity.
Interesting how Longstreet’s and Pickett’s opinions of Lee changed after Gettysburg.....
In case I forget, or am not around anymore....
John Buford’s 186th birthday anniversary is 4 Mar 2012.
now offices, very sad .
Thank you for that info
Lee was good.
Forrest was great.
If someone asked for a short list of greatest Americans, Robert E. Lee would certainly be on it!
Having been military advisor to Confederate president Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee in May assumed of the Army of the Northern Virginia, just as Union troops approached the capital at Richmond.
Reluctantly, the general’s wife, Mary Custis Lee, abandoned her family home at White House Landing, the place where George Washington had once courted Martha Custis, her great grandmother.
Before Leaving, Mary tacked this note to the door.
“Northern soldiers who profess to reverence Washington, forbear to desecrate the home of his first married life, the property of his wife, now owned by her descendents.
-A Grand-daughter of Mrs. Washington”
In deference to Lee - and perhaps to history - Union General McClellan camped on the lawn instead of in the house. But after he moved on the next day, a Federal soldier set fire to the building.
There is a long list of truly great men in American history. Lee is at the top of that list. As are men like Washington, Jackson (Stonewall), Jefferson, both Adams, Patrick Henry, Forrest, - hey wait a minute, aren't there any from the north? Ok, Adams - John, uh . . . Jonathan Edwards (?), uh . . . ok I'm open to suggestions.
On the other hand, Lincoln, though great in so many ways, somehow doesn't reach those heights. Don't get me wrong, Lincoln is great, but he just played havoc with our Constitution.
Oh well, for what it's worth: just another conflicted opinion.
I think we’d be hard pressed to think of anyone in today’s world who could wear Gen. R.E. Lee’s boots. He was truly one of a kind.
The might be said of Stonewall, Forrest, Watie and many more who fought to uphold the Constitution.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
Ah, I see that it’s zombie sockpuppet time again...
This is a myth. Those men fought for their States whose rights under the Constitution of 1787 were abrogated by Lincoln and the other radical Republicans. The same goes for Robert Lee.
Dispelling this myth is important as the Constitution will no more protect your liberties today than it protected the rights of the citizenry 150 years ago.
I like to think of Lee as the “Last Founding Father”, he would have been magnificent in 1776, but when his time came, America as he understood it had passed. He did what he saw as his duty (believe it right or wrong) with dignity and grace.
Great General wrong cause.
Wondering if any Freepers here know that there are two living grandsons of President John Tyler? Famous for the “accidency” of his presidency, when newly elected President Harrison died in office and the first test of constitutional succession was made, and the VP Tyler became President. A placeholder in history, the annexation of Texas happened during his 4 years. But for the sheer span of real time with real people— the fact his son by a second late marriage had two sons who survive today— really remarkable. Both are in their 80’s, one still living on the ancestral Tyler home, Sherwood Forest Charles Co. VA
April ‘11 article from Richmond:
I admire the man so much because of his background but of course when I mention this I always meet some ignorant snotty nosed stuck up idiot who has no clue who Forest really was.
thank you for that info
agree with all of that, I have thought of that day thousands of times in my head about the if’s.
When it comes down to it Lee should not have stayed and had a fight but those days it were different, men wanted a fight not like many pansy men today we see a colleges etc plus it was hard when his forward regiments had engages and Stewart had not been reporting back.
In the end it was a series of blunders sadly.
Ever thought if that battle had not took place and he had got to deliver the letter?
another thing , sorry but to add.
The bravery of those men was astounding and on the 150th anniversary I will hopefully be going across that field .
Like many Cherokee, Watie learned not to trust the federal government- to the point of taking sides within the Cherokee nation on the question. In the end the abrogation extended to every facet of public life and the march of progressivism began. It is a sad story. And a greatly re-written one, with little caution for the facts, which are not remembered as myth.
Light Horse Harry Lee- Revolutionary War hero,gambler, debtor who bankrupted the family but who also was a man of great learning who taught his son well. Robert made his peace with his father who died shipboard returning from -Barbados from the horrible wounds he got defending a publisher friend against an anti-federalist, pro-war of 1812 mob in Baltimore. It is quite poignant that Robert spent his last years re-writing his father's memoirs and not his own. Deo Vindice.
How could Lincoln “abrogate” anyone’s rights when he hadn’t even taken office?
Blunders brought on by lack of intel, absence of JEB Stuart, and having Ewell instead of Stonewall on the first day. If the heights in town had been gained the tables would have been very different, because the road to Washington would then have been wide open.
The size of the operation, of moving men and materiel in such a wide area ,the need of timing & precision all served to a bad end. The tactics really didn’t change right up through WWI and II (at Normandy, a line of men charging machine guns?- poor air support and no close air support).
But all giving their lives for freedom to be free men.
As opposed to living sock puppets, the result of generations of academic sock puppets of progressivism.
The Radical Republicans in Congress and their actions pre-dated and presaged Lincoln’s executive role.
The matter was settled by force of arms, when it could have been much earlier settled with money for property that could have been widely manumitted. But that was never the plan, not for the South or for the Western expansion. The tables have certainly turned since then for the proper Bostonian slave traders and opium runners that continue to try to tell us all what to do.
a Great man—he freed his own slaves before the war. Had the south won the civil war—my bet is he would have been her second president.
If the Southern political class hadn't taken the selfish and stupid decision to lie, cheat and rabble rouse their states into secessions which were generally fraudulent expressions of the people's will, the whole war would not have been necessary in the first place and many thousands of good and brave men on both sides would not have been killed and injured.
Thank you for the post and Deo Vindice. 8th Florida, Company B, Hardy’s Brigade CSA
You are correct and I should have said states rights, for indeed, that is what they were fighting for.
The Republicans didn't control Congress in the session that preceded Lincoln's election, nor did they in the Congress before that. The Speaker of the House was a Democrat from South Carolina, the Senate President was from a Democrat Kentucky. Both supported slavery.
totally agree and I’;ve said the same over the years.
I’ve always believed that if Stonewall one of my favorites had been around then the outcome would have been different.
Stonewall brought in a version of the light infantry and was a great leader.
forgot to mention.
surprised the usual trolls had taken so long to jump on this thread too.
so sad and yet so pathetic, even the union Generals especially a certain couple, union papers, Yankees from all walks of life gave praise and respect to Lee and yet you felt the need to come on here and post such drivel.
Also if you do not want to remember him then don’t so why use the “we”
That’s great - they tried to “uphold the constitution” by keeping fellow humans in bondage.
It is disgusting how you people pervert one noble cause for another more bestial one.