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Robert E. Lee: Remembering an American Legend
Canada Free Press ^ | January 15, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 01/16/2012 10:19:34 AM PST by BigReb555

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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: american; anniversary; dixie; robertelee; southerner; tribute; washingtoncollege
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Sir Winston Churchill once remarked, ‘Lee was the noblest American who had ever lived and one of the greatest commanders known to the annals of war.’

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 Governor’s Mansion to the Old Legislative Chambers.

Did you know that….

During Robert E. Lee’s 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 College’s 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 Robert’s 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. Lee’s 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!

1 posted on 01/16/2012 10:19:41 AM PST by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

Today is Lee Jackson King Day in VA.


2 posted on 01/16/2012 10:22:55 AM PST by vmivol00
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To: BigReb555
Sir Winston Churchill once remarked, ‘Lee was the noblest American who had ever lived ..."
Really? More noble than George Washington? I don't think so.
In fact, Lee was a traitor who chose to fight against the US.
3 posted on 01/16/2012 10:23:31 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BigReb555

Lee really messed up big at Gettysburg though.


4 posted on 01/16/2012 10:24:15 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: BigReb555
A yankee gift to our southern FReeper FRiends. I know its big but I made it big enough for a screen saver and didn't feel like resizing it for a post. Just something I was playing around with this morning.

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5 posted on 01/16/2012 10:29:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: oh8eleven
In fact, Lee was a traitor who chose to fight against the US.

I'm not big on the lost cause stuff myself, but technically, George Washington was a traitor too, depending on why you ask.

6 posted on 01/16/2012 10:34:30 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: BigReb555

Huh, looks pretty good for his age...

7 posted on 01/16/2012 10:34:35 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: BigReb555

Lee/Jackson Day bump


8 posted on 01/16/2012 10:37:10 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: cripplecreek

Good job.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 10:43:39 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Brilliant

On a worst Military leaders in history list Lee would probably fall between Boudica and Santa Anna


10 posted on 01/16/2012 10:43:44 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: vmivol00

Lee was a great general, one of the best of the period but he was very much a legend in his own time; a legend that was stretched beyond reality. Lee gained many victories by going up against substandard union leadership who projected their intentions and movements openly. That is not to say that he was not a great tactician and strategist; he was. Lee worried that Lincoln would eventually bring in a general whom Lee would not be able to figure out and who would not back down. Lincoln did that when Grant and Sherman finally took control of the effort. Lee’s disaster at Gettysburg was in large part a result of him believing in his own press a little too strongly and unfortunately his subordinate officers and his troops also believed in the mythology a bit too much. He thought himself invincible. Longstreet was the better commander who used common sense in that engagement but he would not stand up to the “great” Bobby Lee. Lee was a traitor to his country but was still a great man in the way he comported himself after the war by working to bring former confederates back into the union.


11 posted on 01/16/2012 10:46:59 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: vmivol00; ├čudda├čudd
Today is Lee Jackson King Day in VA.

Lee-Jackson Day has been moved to the Friday before the third Monday. It was changed about ten years ago.

12 posted on 01/16/2012 10:50:42 AM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: qam1

“On a worst Military leaders in history list Lee would probably fall between Boudica and Santa Anna”

I always thought that if the chain of command were reversed between Lee and Jackson in the East, and Bragg and Forrest in the West, the results would have been very different.

Idle speculation. It is done.


13 posted on 01/16/2012 10:57:29 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: RJS1950

The only thing Grant did differently than his predecessors was to realize that the North had an overwhelming advantage in men and material and to be willing to kill as many Union soldiers as necessary to win in a war of attrition.

Most of Sherman’s “fame” was made by waging warfare on an unarmed and defenseless civilian population.

Lee viewed Virginia as his country and was not a traitor to it.


14 posted on 01/16/2012 11:03:19 AM PST by Locomotive Breath
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks, CC ... nice job.


15 posted on 01/16/2012 11:10:28 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Proud Right-Wing Trash -- stick it, Alec.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thank you Cripplecreek.


16 posted on 01/16/2012 11:12:02 AM PST by rightly_dividing (ICor. 15:1-4)
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To: BigReb555

Deo Vindice !

Sic Semper Tyrannis


17 posted on 01/16/2012 11:12:07 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: vmivol00

I thought they moved Lee/Jackson Day a few years ago to the Friday before MLK Day.


18 posted on 01/16/2012 11:13:30 AM PST by black_diamond
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To: black_diamond

I just dated my time at VMI....ha ha. I didn’t realize it had changed.


19 posted on 01/16/2012 11:23:51 AM PST by vmivol00
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To: Locomotive Breath
Most of Sherman’s “fame” was made by waging warfare on an unarmed and defenseless civilian population.

Let me guess, you're one of those types that thinks we shouldn't have dropped atomic bombs on Japan and should have invaded instead, since we were "waging warfare on an unarmed and defenseless civilian population."
20 posted on 01/16/2012 11:27:35 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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