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Remembering Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
Huntington News ^ | January 3, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 01/04/2013 3:18:18 PM PST by BigReb555

A portrait of Robert E. Lee adorns the Georgia State Capitol where the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their first Lee birthday celebration in 1988.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: confederate; dixie; union
Do you remember the Don Williams’s country song “Good Ole Boys like me” which begins with the lyrics: “When I was a kid Uncle Remus he put me to bed with a picture of Stonewall Jackson above my head?”

During the month of January students, teachers, parents, Joe and Jane America and the world will hear praise and tribute to the late Civil Rights leader and Baptist Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia…. But, will equal time be given to two more great Americans, General Stonewall Jackson and General Robert E. Lee, who were also born in January?

A portrait of Robert E. Lee adorns the Georgia State Capitol where the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their first Lee birthday celebration in 1988.

The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will sponsor the 26th Annual Robert E. Birthday in Milledgeville, Georgia on the actual day of Lee’s birthday, Saturday, January 19, 2013. A march from the Old Governor’s mansion to Georgia’s Old State Capitol will begin at 10:45 AM.

General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are forever memorialized and remembered along with Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the larger than life carving at “Stone Mountain Memorial Park” near Atlanta, Georgia.

The Stonewall Brigade Camp 1296 Sons of the Confederate Veterans of Lexington, Virginia is preparing to host the 2013 Lee-Jackson Day events to be held January 18-19, 2013. Read more at: http://stonewallbrigade.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/16184579-lee-jackson-day-2013

Be part of a Lee-Jackson event near you!

May 10, 2013, will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Stonewall Jackson who was accidentally shot by Confederate pickets at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. General Jackson survived with the loss of an arm, but died of complications from pneumonia eight days later. The War Between the States Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary, continues through 2015. Read more at: http://www.150wbts.org/

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at Stratford, Westmoreland County, Virginia and Stonewall Jackson was born on January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia.

General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is considered by Military historians as one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. He was General Robert E. Lee’s right hand during many battles and…. When Stonewall Jackson passed away, General Robert E Lee was quoted as saying "Jackson has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right".

Lee graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1829, second in his class and without a single demerit and Jackson graduated from West Point in 1946, 17th in a class of 59 students.

Robert E. Lee wed Mary Anna Randolph Curtis in June 1831 and Stonewall Jackson married twice. Jackson’s first wife was Elinor Junkin (1824-1854), who died shortly after giving birth to a stillborn son. His second wife, Mary Anna Morrison (1831-1915), was the mother of Julia Laura (1862-1889), the only Jackson child to reach adulthood.

Both men fought valiantly in the War with Mexico. Lee was wounded at the Battle of Chapultepec and Jackson just graduating from West Point in 1846 joined the 1st US Artillery as 2nd Lieutenant and served under General Winfield Scott.

Robert E. Lee was appointed superintendent of West Point in 1852.

Stonewall Jackson taught at Virginia Military Institute beginning on August 13, 1851. He taught natural and experimental philosophy (related to modern day physics and including physics, astronomy, acoustics, optics, and other scientific courses).

General Winfield Scott offered Robert E. Lee command of the Union Army in 1861, but he refused. Lee would command the legendary Army of Northern Virginia for the Confederacy.

General Stonewall Jackson secured great victories at the Battles of Manassas, Antietam and at Fredericksburg. Robert E. Lee was called Marse Robert, Uncle Robert and Marble Man.

General Jackson earned his nickname “Stonewall” at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861 when he rushed his troops forward to close a gap in the line against a Union attack. Upon observing Jackson, one of his fellow generals reportedly said, "Look, men, there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!"-Jackson was commissioned a major general in October 1861.

Robert E. Lee died of a heart attack at 9:30 on the morning of October 12, 1870, at Washington-Lee College and is buried at Lee Chapel.

Jackson’s body laid in state at the Governor's Mansion in Richmond for the public view, and he was then moved to be buried in 1863 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.

Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s last words were: “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

1 posted on 01/04/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

Great men both!

Too bad there’s none like them in today’s America.


2 posted on 01/04/2013 3:20:57 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: BigReb555

Both great generals.

Lee was a great man.

Jackson was a very odd bird.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 3:21:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BigReb555

Too bad there’s not one general in today’s army who will stand up to tyranny.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 3:24:10 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I post so people who hate me will know what I think. And they can't seem to stop reading. LOL)
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To: BenLurkin
Jackson was a very odd bird.

But one hell of a General.

5 posted on 01/04/2013 3:24:29 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Agreed


6 posted on 01/04/2013 3:26:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BigReb555

In before the Yankees, ruin another CW thread.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 3:26:05 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: BigReb555
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8 posted on 01/04/2013 3:28:16 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BigReb555

I believe the “Stonewall” tag was coined by Col. Bee. No link.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 3:37:54 PM PST by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: BigReb555; Reagan Man

It’s hard to come up with a contemporary “leader” who can hold a candle to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 3:37:57 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: DrDude
I believe the “Stonewall” tag was coined by Col. Bee.

Brigadier General Bernard E. Bee, Jr. fell at First Manassas shortly after he made the comment that gave Jackson his nickname.

11 posted on 01/04/2013 3:41:42 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: BigReb555

Little known Robert E. Lee trivia:

Robert E. Lee was married to Mary Anna Randolph Custis who was the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington by her first husband Daniel Parke Custis.

That made her the step-great-granddaughter of General, and first president of the United States, George Washington.

Mary was the only surviving child of George Washington Parke Custis, George Washington’s stepgrandson.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 3:53:29 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America !!!!)
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To: DrDude

By the way, Beeville, Texas was named for Bernard Bee’s father, a politician during the years when Texas was a republic.


13 posted on 01/04/2013 3:53:46 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Michael.SF.

BUMP!


14 posted on 01/04/2013 4:02:45 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: IbJensen

Thank you for your comment...there are, indeed, no men of this stature in the political or military life of this country...both were recognized for outstanding leadership in the Mexican War and I am reminded of a question (paraphrased) the tyrant Abraham Lincoln made to General Winfield Scott when he asked him why he could not take Richmond when he had taken Mexico City in one day. General Scott replied that it was the same men who had taken Mexico City that were holding Richmond. Well-educated historians with no axe to grind recognize that Lee and Jackson were the true patriots who could no longer defend a country that had abandoned its constitution and rule of law.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 4:07:05 PM PST by dunblak
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To: IbJensen

Amen


16 posted on 01/04/2013 4:13:50 PM PST by two23
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To: IbJensen
Robert E. Lee graduated from West Point without a single demerit. I would be interested to see what other graduates managed that AND what became of them. From all accounts a very moral and religious man. I think in today's world Lee would have left the army before he made Captain.
He probably would be running a company like Chik A Fil A or Hobby Lobby.

Robert E. Lee: The Marble Man

17 posted on 01/04/2013 4:14:48 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: BigReb555

“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.”- Robert E. Lee


18 posted on 01/04/2013 4:18:00 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: BigReb555
Time to get out the Robert E Lee Headquarters flag to fly on the 19th.
19 posted on 01/04/2013 4:21:47 PM PST by TYVets
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To: dunblak
"Pre 1861: The United States ARE. Post 1865: The United States IS." Shelby Foote Remember both Lee and Jackson firmly believed that their country to be Virginia. They looked at the United States very much as a German today looks at the European Union. This to me explains the Civil War.
20 posted on 01/04/2013 4:23:50 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Michael.SF.

And a good husband, according to my history teacher.


21 posted on 01/04/2013 4:33:30 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: BigReb555

Stonewall Jackson got his name by standing firm in the fray.
Who was known to all his men as good ol’ Papier-mâché?


22 posted on 01/04/2013 4:33:34 PM PST by ShasheMac
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To: onedoug

Ping


23 posted on 01/04/2013 4:39:59 PM PST by stylecouncilor (Bazinga!)
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To: BenLurkin

“Jackson was a very odd bird” is putting it mildly. Brilliant though and drove his men even harder than Patton. Had he been at Gettysburg the CSA might have extended to Brazil by 1900.


24 posted on 01/04/2013 4:40:21 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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To: Tail Gunner John

Speaking of Gettysburg. How different things might have been in Jeb Stuart had not been on an extended sortie.


25 posted on 01/04/2013 4:43:57 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Fiji Hill

Thanks for the updates. I only remember some of my days in Richmond.


26 posted on 01/04/2013 4:46:21 PM PST by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: Tupelo
"Pre 1861: The United States ARE. Post 1865: The United States IS." Shelby Foote

While I have enormous respect for Mr. Foote, he is incorrect here.

In actual fact the two wordings were both used from the beginning of the country, with ARE dominating initially but gradually declining thru about 1900 when IS finally won.

The greatest jump in frequency of the use of IS occurred not during and after the CW, but during and after the War of 1812.

27 posted on 01/04/2013 4:46:57 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: gorush

bttt


28 posted on 01/04/2013 4:48:49 PM PST by A Cyrenian (Timothy Geithner - proving TurboTax is not idiot proof.)
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To: Fiji Hill

There stands Jackson like a stone wall. If we resolve to die this day we shall surely win. Rally behind the Virginians! Iirc.


29 posted on 01/04/2013 4:53:00 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Tail Gunner John
Had he been at Gettysburg the CSA might have extended to Brazil by 1900.

Very unlikely. Southerners with this dream weren't thinking it through.

Given the transportation technology of the time, conquest of Mexico, Central America and southward could only be accomplished by sea, as indeed the American conquest in the Mexican War was, after an overland attempt had failed.

For over 50 years a British commitment to opposing slavery had been fundamental. The Royal Navy (not to mention the US Navy) might have had something to contribute to the discussion over whether the CSA would be allowed to conquer its way into a slave empire in Latin America.

30 posted on 01/04/2013 4:54:28 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Your observation about the lack of CSA sea power would certainly not be overlooked by Confederate leaders as this was the reason they would have nearly lost the war. The development of the Confederate navy would have been task number one beginning in 1864. I seriously doubt the Democratic leaders in the north would have gone back to war to save Cuba in 1866.


31 posted on 01/04/2013 5:11:31 PM PST by Tail Gunner John
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To: Tail Gunner John

Building a Navy capable of challenging the Royal Navy would have been quite a project, in all likelihood well beyond the capabilities of the CSA.

Anywho, I thought the South seceded because of the oppressive federal taxes. Do you have any idea how much building a major navy cost at the time, or now for that matter? It would also require the development of a truly massive industrial infrastructure, something the South was ideologically opposed to, and which could not have come into existence without large protective tariffs, something specifically prohibited by the CSA Constitution.

Essentially, the CSA could be a low-tax limited government backwater or (theoretically but unlikely given its low population) a hemisphere-conquering industrial and military behemoth.

It could not be both.


32 posted on 01/04/2013 5:21:43 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: IbJensen

I think if they would’ve been able to see what today’s America would like like, they would’ve fought even harder.


33 posted on 01/04/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Repeat Offender

If many of the Yankees saw what the US was to become, they’d been not been fighting the Confederates.


34 posted on 01/04/2013 5:44:34 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Repeat Offender

If many of the Yankees saw what the US was to become, they’d not been fighting the Confederates.


35 posted on 01/04/2013 5:46:02 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug
If many of the Yankees saw what the US was to become, they’d not been fighting the Confederates.

Post of the year! Very well said.

36 posted on 01/04/2013 6:37:10 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Iron Munro

Robert E. Lee and George Washington were also blood relatives. They were third cousins twice removed. That is Washington’s great great grandfather was Lee’s great great great great grandfather.


37 posted on 01/04/2013 6:40:20 PM PST by Weiner (e)
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To: BigReb555
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
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Have a great grandad in service to the Confederate Army?

Join SCV and help preserve our heritage.

38 posted on 01/04/2013 6:47:25 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: BenLurkin

Heard a story once about Lincoln asking a Yankee general why he hadn’t captured General Robert E. Lee. The Yankee general answered: First, I have to climb over a Hill, then march down a Longstreet and finally bust through a Stonewall, just to see if General Lee is there!

For your enjoyment,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvIU6VQAWpo&feature=related


39 posted on 01/04/2013 7:01:43 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Tupelo

George C. Marshall graduated from VMI without a single demerit.

My grandfather was the Commandant at VMI when George Marshall was a cadet. When he was in his dotage, he used to love to say: “The reason why George Marshall was so great was because I taught him everything he knows.”


40 posted on 01/04/2013 7:09:05 PM PST by VMI70
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To: BenLurkin

Few know that Jackson was involved in Civil Rights. He set up a Sunday school for black children. Because no one would teach the Sunday school (It was illegal to do so) he defied the laws of Virginia and taught the classes himself. Conviction to God was, to Jackson, trumped state law. After the battle of Bull Run—his wife got a letter from General Jackson—everyone gathered thinking it might be about the battle-—what was in the letter? A check for fifty dollars to the black Sunday school.


41 posted on 01/04/2013 8:39:45 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Sherman Logan

I believe that if Lincoln had not won re-election in 1864 and The “Peace Democrats” and struck a deal with the south—the second president of the CSA would have been Lee. I believe he would have freed the slaves—in a measured and less traumatic way. Slavery was not a viable system, and would have died out.


42 posted on 01/04/2013 8:47:10 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: BigReb555

I used to live in Winchester, VA and their holiday was titled: Lee-Jackson-King day.

Let’s not forget that Lee lived at Arlington and his propery was seized to bury the dead and became Arlington Cemetery.


43 posted on 01/04/2013 11:25:10 PM PST by 30Moves
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To: BigReb555

Bump.

Great remembrance.

Thanks for posting.


44 posted on 01/05/2013 2:55:19 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: stylecouncilor
Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s last words were: “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

For then, until now.

45 posted on 01/05/2013 9:05:45 PM PST by onedoug
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