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Robert E. Lee: American Patriot and Southern Hero
Cumming Home ^ | January 7, 2014 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 01/07/2014 6:48:32 AM PST by BigReb555

The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will again sponsor their annual Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemorative on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Old Capitol Building, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, Georgia.

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KEYWORDS: army; birthday; civilwar; confederacy; confederateamerican; dixie; general; robertelee; thesouth; westpoint
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Fess Parker played “Davy Crockett” on TV, American school and military bands played “Dixie” and the late country music legend Johnny Cash sang “God Bless Robert E. Lee” that includes these words:

“I won't ever stop loving you my Dixie till they put me in the ground. And the last words they probably hear from me are God bless Robert E Lee.”

What was General Robert E. Lee’s favorite war horse? See answer at end of article.

January is a historic month of history when students, teachers, parents, Joe and Jane America and the world will hear much praise in memorial tribute to the Civil Rights leader and Baptist Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on the 15th day of January, in the year of our Lord, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia…. But, shouldn’t local, state and national news institutions also give fair and equal treatment and coverage to those who will remember the birthdays of General’s Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee who were also born during the month of January?

There will be memorial tributes to honor Dr. Martin Luther King in January and….

General Robert E. Lee will be memorialized in Lexington, Virginia with a tribute to both him and Stonewall Jackson on January 17th and 18th. Read more at: http://leejacksonday.webs.com/

The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans will again sponsor their annual Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemorative on Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Old Capitol Building, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, Georgia. The parade route will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Governor's Mansion on W. Hancock Street and proceed through downtown to the Old Capitol on East Greene St.

The ceremony should begin around 11:00 a.m. at the Old Capitol where Georgia voted to secede from the Union in 1861. Read more at: http://gascv.org/robert-e-lee-celebration/#comment-4

During Robert E. Lee's 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 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.

Could you imagine the President of the United States, members of Congress or A Northern Veteran speaking publicly today in tribute to General Lee like Commander Adams and President Theodore Roosevelt did while touring the South in 1905?....The president told an aged group of Confederate Veterans in Richmond, Virginia: “Here I greet you in the shadow of the statue of your Commander, General Robert E. Lee. You and he left us memories which are part of the memories bequeathed to the entire nation by all the Americans who fought in the War Between the States.”

Who was Robert E. Lee?

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 her two brothers.

Lee was educated at the schools of Alexandria, Va., and also received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York 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.

Robert E. Lee wed Mary Anna Randolph Custis in June 1831. 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.

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. Lee would command the legendary Army of Northern Virginia for the South during the War Between the States.

The answer to the question of what was Lee’s beloved war horse is “Traveller” who is buried near Robert E. Lee and his family at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Do our schools teach the young folks about Robert E. Lee and his farewell address to the troops?

Robert E. Lee,

Farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia

Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia Appomattox Courthouse, April 10, 1865 (General Orders No. 9)

After four years' arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them, but feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss which would have attended the continuation of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God may extend to you His blessing and protection. With an increasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration of myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

Robert E. Lee General

Let’s not forget our heroes

1 posted on 01/07/2014 6:48:32 AM PST by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

             

2 posted on 01/07/2014 6:49:20 AM PST by tomkat (unreconstructable)
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To: BigReb555

Yeah, because buying and selling human beings like cattle was uber cool and patriotic.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 6:51:35 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: BigReb555

Robert E. Lee was the greatest American general, bar none.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 6:52:01 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: stinkerpot65

Like they did in some of the Northern States?


5 posted on 01/07/2014 6:55:43 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: BigReb555
This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Why has the media or libretards not picked up on that?
6 posted on 01/07/2014 6:56:32 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: tomkat

I think Pickett changed his attitude about Lee after Gettysburg...


7 posted on 01/07/2014 6:57:59 AM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: stinkerpot65

“...slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.” -Robert E. Lee.

He didn’t believe in slavery, but refused to side with the north against his native Virgina.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 6:59:24 AM PST by Politicalkiddo ("Suppose you were an idiot. Suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." -Mark Twain)
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To: stinkerpot65

Nobody likes to run over a dead dog but like I said before it wasn’t the CSA flag that flew over the slave ships is was the stars and stripes.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 7:00:16 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: tomkat

Oh goodie, goodie, goodie! We haven’t had an ole’ North Freeper vs South Freeper feud in quite a while. Pass the popcorn, tomkat!


10 posted on 01/07/2014 7:01:57 AM PST by momtothree
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To: BigReb555

Interesting name for a website.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 7:02:51 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people's than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Rappini

Nobody likes to run over a dead dog but like I said before it wasn’t the CSA flag that flew over the slave ships is was the stars and stripes.

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Very true. But some decades later, it was the CSA flag flying over the troops fighting to save the state right to hold other human beings in bondage.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 7:04:07 AM PST by dmz
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To: BigReb555

The South was Right.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 7:04:42 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: BCW
Popcorn guy above was merely a facetious forecast, as these threads invariably turn into flamefests.

Having said that, things could've had a decisively different outcome if REL had listened to Longstreet.

All his other accomplishments notwithstanding, coming across that much open ground was madness.

/.02

14 posted on 01/07/2014 7:05:15 AM PST by tomkat (unreconstructable)
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To: Rappini

And a lot of those ships sailed from NEW ENGLAND ports.................


15 posted on 01/07/2014 7:05:55 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: momtothree
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16 posted on 01/07/2014 7:06:05 AM PST by tomkat (unreconstructable)
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To: BigReb555

he was a great engineering strategist. he gained his initial fame in the Mexican War as he taken under the wing of Winfield Scott in the great march from Veracruz to Mexico city...and he distinguished himself there multiple times.

early Civil War was also a great time for lee...but he got over his head at Gettysburg. He did not get the message across to J.e.b. Stuart when he needed him and his orders were not clear. he did way to much assuming with his subordinates and they failed him. and when he should have listened to his higher subordinates (Longstreet) he did not and that became Pickett’s charge


17 posted on 01/07/2014 7:06:18 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: tomkat

Salute to a military genius and an honorable man.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 7:11:16 AM PST by madison10
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To: BigReb555
Lee was a Great American. Read “April 1865.” Had he not recognized the inevitable and surrendered at Appomattox, a long and bloody guerrilla war would have condemned America to an existence as a third world banana republic.

The biggest question about Lee was what was he was thinking at Gettysburg. I think he COULD have pulled it off. If Longstreet had made sure to commit all his troops simultaneosuly as ordered and had Stewart been successful in his attack at Meade's position from the rear where Pickett was aimed, it might have turned out differently. Then again, maybe not. If he broke through there would he have been able to use that operation successfully?

I am reading “The Last Invasion”. The book describes something often overlooked in books on Gettysburg - the MASSIVE panic, terror and disruption caused in the North by his invasion. Perhaps if Lee had not chosen to engage the Union Army, but just rolled on through PA, Ohio and NJ living off the land until the elections, Lincoln would have been defeated.

The Civil War or more properly The War Between the States raise in me so many conflicting feelings that it is hard to take a stand either way.

Slavery was evil and indefensible and inconsistent with the concepts expressed in the Declaration of Independence. We are still paying the price for it.

Yet the Constitution does NOT forbid the secession of a state and the Articles of Ratification of at least two states, which by acceptance by the Consitutional Convention extended to all the states, a state has a right to secede or nullify a Federal Law.

The dleiberate war waged against a civilian population by the North was an evil precedent.

Had the South succeeded in its efforts, the future of the world might have been very different. Could a divided America have achieved the economic and industrial accomplishments of a unified America? Could a divided America have successfully fought Hitler and Tojo and won the Cold War?

Interesting thoughts to ponder.

But by any criteria Lee was a great American, and a decent man of moral courage who found himself in a difficult and troubling position.

19 posted on 01/07/2014 7:12:14 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: stinkerpot65

Who ARE YOU?
I smell libtard troll infiltration....


20 posted on 01/07/2014 7:12:36 AM PST by matginzac
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To: madison10

Traitor is the opposite of honorable.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 7:13:44 AM PST by DManA
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To: BigReb555

Mr BigReb555,
The “Victors” write the history. And in the “WAR(1860-1865)” there really were NO “Victors”. Slavery(and OTHER factors) TORE this country apart and we are still dealing w/ it. Gen Lee was a GREAT American and unfortunatly again The “Victors” wrote the history. Slavery was a “Time-Bomb” that Great Britain left this country with.


22 posted on 01/07/2014 7:14:53 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: mountainlion

To them, America is irrelevant. Foil them by joining the NSSA and smell the smoke and relive the past.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 7:15:27 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: ZULU

Another Southern general of the same ilk was LtGen Wade Hampton of SC.
Well worth reading his bio...


24 posted on 01/07/2014 7:15:40 AM PST by matginzac
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To: BigReb555

PS. I was born and live in the North...but my people did not enter this fair land till the turn of the century (19th-20th). I have no North-South Ax to grind. I am a states rights believer, but also think the attack on Fort Sumter was a strategic mistake. should have made the North make the first move. I also think that the whole slavery thing was a mistake...that should have been dealt with at the time of the writing of the constitution....but had it been a sticking point we would never have revolted against England, so it was understandable that it was not addressed at that time.

I often wonder had Lincoln lived, would he have moved the freed slaves to Guyana where he had planned to move them and solved many of the problems we live with to this day...


25 posted on 01/07/2014 7:16:09 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: tomkat

I had an old book about the Civil War....The introduction read something like...”Portraits of Two Brothers”


26 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:02 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: stinkerpot65
Yeah, because buying and selling human beings like cattle was uber cool and patriotic.

It was good enough for our p-resident's ancestors.

27 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:10 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: BigReb555

The War was about STATES RIGHTS more than anything else, Slavery was just the vehicle.

Imagine if, instead of telling states they cannot have slaves, the were fighting to prevent the Federal Government from telling you you HAD TO buy health insurance or face a fine?


28 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:12 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Really. Well, I guess buying and selling human beings like cattle is OK after all. Glad you cleared that up.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:33 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: BigReb555

Huh? We always take the 3rd Monday in January off to celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Doesn’t everyone?


30 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:34 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: matginzac

Didn’t he loose a leg in battle - “Attack and Retreat”?


31 posted on 01/07/2014 7:17:42 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: stinkerpot65
One man's hero is another man's ...
32 posted on 01/07/2014 7:18:07 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Life is way too short to suffer fools long.)
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To: stinkerpot65

Your screen name is certaintly apt.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 7:20:44 AM PST by doberville
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To: stinkerpot65
LOL

I see you are a person of rock solid virtue, one not easily swayed to change his mind.

;)

34 posted on 01/07/2014 7:25:27 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: madison10

Amen.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 7:26:10 AM PST by tomkat (unreconstructable)
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To: BigReb555

Lee / Jackson Day bump


36 posted on 01/07/2014 7:26:16 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: BigReb555

Im neutral when it comes to him.

I respect his professionalism, and his military brilliance, but he isn’t this god like figure that was above the failings of mid 19th century political thinking.

For every amazing story about him, you get equally disappointing views on something else or some decision that leaves wonder where the heck did that come from.


37 posted on 01/07/2014 7:27:19 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: ZULU

Excellent post.


38 posted on 01/07/2014 7:27:42 AM PST by tomkat (unreconstructable)
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To: ZULU

No...
Gen Hampton took over the cavalry after Stuart”s death. He led the Great Beef Steak raid against the yankees during the Petersburg seige. He was a bad ass at the final surrender by Johnston to Sherman. He lost his entire fortune (was the biggest slave owner before the war), a son and brother because of the war. Later, he was a senator and governor of SC supporting blacks’ right to vote, etc.
My grandfather and father are named for him...


39 posted on 01/07/2014 7:29:16 AM PST by matginzac
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To: matginzac

There are Robert E. Lee haters on this site. They will even send you to websites that accuse Lee of the most hideous crimes. But if you are going to criticize Lee for owning his wife or father-in-law’s slaves, then you are going to have to condemn George Washington as well.

Yes, Pickett changed his mind about Lee after Gettysburg. It was a terrible charge that failed. Lee took full responsibility for it but Pickett never got over it. Shades of PTSD no doubt. Lee had it at the end of his life. He heard the voices of his men calling to him when he was in bed at night. Sad.


40 posted on 01/07/2014 7:30:29 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Michael.SF.

My wife would agree with you on the second part, but my “rock solid virtue” part would give her considerable pause, or at least a rolling of the eyes.


41 posted on 01/07/2014 7:30:35 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: BigReb555; stylecouncilor; windcliff

“Form for battle!”


42 posted on 01/07/2014 7:30:51 AM PST by onedoug
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To: BigReb555

thought police will be on site to ticket attendees.


43 posted on 01/07/2014 7:32:48 AM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: tomkat

Thank you.


44 posted on 01/07/2014 7:34:05 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: Rappini
The South was Right.

Owning other human beings is uber cool?

45 posted on 01/07/2014 7:34:28 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: matginzac

Thanks. I will check him out. I got him confused with John Bell Hood.

I remember reading somewhere that Moseley tried to make a successful turnover after the war and actually became an attorny and a Republican.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 7:35:35 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: miss marmelstein

I don’t hate him. It’s just that he was literally a traitor and broke sacred oaths he took. I don’t find anything about him admirable.


47 posted on 01/07/2014 7:35:39 AM PST by DManA
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To: tomkat
Having said that, things could've had a decisively different outcome if REL had listened to Longstreet. All his other accomplishments notwithstanding, coming across that much open ground was madness.

Totally agree. I have been to Gettysburg and stood looking across that field and thought to myself, what kind of men were these who would cross that field in the open against withering fire? It certainly was a different time and age that's for sure.

48 posted on 01/07/2014 7:36:22 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: ZULU
Good comments. One more to consider:

If Longstreet had made sure to commit... (if) Stewart been successful...

One more 'if':

If the cannonade that proceeded Pickett's charge had found their target, instead of missing with overhead shots that did little damage.

49 posted on 01/07/2014 7:37:44 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: stinkerpot65
I am always interested in people's screen names. Isn't stinkerpot another name for chamber pot? You know, that pot that was kept under the bed in case of a night time emergency?

Can't imagine why you would name yourself that but in case you are wondering, Ditter is baby talk for sister.

50 posted on 01/07/2014 7:38:51 AM PST by Ditter
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