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Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend

There are 263 comments on the Free Republic story from Jan 15, 2011, titled Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend. In it, Free Republic reports that:

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Adamius

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Jan 19, 2011
@True, and you'd have slaves too! So you wouldn't ever have to do an honest day's work...just like all the southern plantation owners! And why does southernnorthern need to move back up north? We destroyed you guys in the war and pretty much turned the south into a big back porch for the north. We aint goin anywhere!
TheAnswer

Garland, TX

#23 Jan 19, 2011
Uh Huh, and look what freeing slaves did to America...it destroyed it. Clearly, the wrong side won.
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#25 Jan 20, 2011
Father Flannagen wrote:
<quoted text>May he burn in hell!
YOUR A PUTZ!
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#26 Jan 20, 2011
DISASTER LOOMS wrote:
well lee made it as far north as the perimeters of philadelphia and was threatening the city. which is pretty incredible.
of course as a defender of the antebellum slave practicing south, he's no hero to me, but he was a great general for sure.
HE DID NOT SUPPORT SLAVERY... READ A LITTLE DEEPER IN HISTORY..
I FOUND THIS TO SHARE...

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth and they should emulate his qualities.
Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III and Anne Carter Lee at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated 2nd in the class of 1829 without a single demerit. Lee served in the U.S. Army for nearly 32 years.
At the beginning of the War Between the States (Civil War) he was offered command of the U.S. Army by Abraham Lincoln. He knew that Lincoln's invasion of the Southern States was unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, and criminal. He had to make a choice to either defend the Constitution or the Union. He made the correct decision to defend the Constitution.
Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia on June 1,1862 and the command of all 3 Confederate Armies in early 1865. After the collapse of the nation Confederate States of America he told his soldiers "Go Home And Be Good Americans". He accepted the position of President of Washington College in Lexington Virginia. At a time when he desperately needed money a Northern Insurance Company offered him $50,000 for the use of his name. He declined saying "my name and heritage is about all I have left and it is not for sale". Robert Edward Lee died on October 12, 1870.
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#27 Jan 20, 2011
#2
No finer example of a Southern gentleman and leader exists whose positive impact was so great during and after the war. His superb character as a Christian gentleman stood out in his life as a man, husband, father, citizen, soldier, and a leader. These qualities greatly impressed many notable men.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stated that "Lee was one of the noblest Americans that ever lived and that his noble presence and gentle kindly manner were sustained by Christian faith and an exalted character. U.S. 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".
War-era Georgia Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill eloquently expressed a lasting Lee tribute: "He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward. He was obedient to authority as a servant, and loyal in authority as a true King. He was gentle as a woman in life; modest and pure as a virgin in thought; watchful as a Roman Vital in duty; submissive to law as Socrates; and grand in battle as Achilles"
On Aug.1,1960 Dr. Leon Scott of New York wrote U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower a letter stating " at the Republican Convention you said that you have the pictures of 4 great Americans on your office wall and one is Robert E. Lee. Please explain why you hold him in such high esteem. Eisenhower's response, written on White House letterhead on August 9, 1960 reads as follows: Dear Dr. Scott, Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War Between the States the issue of Secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our nation. He believed in the Constitutional validity of the Confederate cause. From deep conviction I simply say this "A nation of men of Lee's caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed to the degree that
present day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, we in our own time of danger in a divided world will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained". Such are the reasons I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. Sincerely, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

WRITTEN BY:
James W. King
Commander
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 141
Lt. Col. Thomas M. Nelson
Albany Georgia

GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE WAS A TRUE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN AND WIDELY RESPECTED BY GREAT MEN. AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE HIM IN MY LINEAGE. AS A GREAT GREAT GREAT NEICE.
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#28 Jan 20, 2011
#1
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower believed that Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be a Role Model for American youth and they should emulate his qualities.
Robert Edward Lee was born January 19, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III and Anne Carter Lee at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County Virginia. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated 2nd in the class of 1829 without a single demerit. Lee served in the U.S. Army for nearly 32 years.
At the beginning of the War Between the States (Civil War) he was offered command of the U.S. Army by Abraham Lincoln. He knew that Lincoln's invasion of the Southern States was unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, and criminal. He had to make a choice to either defend the Constitution or the Union. He made the correct decision to defend the Constitution.
Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia on June 1,1862 and the command of all 3 Confederate Armies in early 1865. After the collapse of the nation Confederate States of America he told his soldiers "Go Home And Be Good Americans". He accepted the position of President of Washington College in Lexington Virginia. At a time when he desperately needed money a Northern Insurance Company offered him $50,000 for the use of his name. He declined saying "my name and heritage is about all I have left and it is not for sale". Robert Edward Lee died on October 12, 1870.
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#29 Jan 20, 2011
DANG DOUBLE POSTED.. SORRY YA'LL
Just the facts

AOL

#31 Jan 23, 2011
Robert E. Lee

Jeb Stuart

John Singleton Mosby

Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson

Adolphus "Dolly" Richards

Williiam and Samuel Chapman

Richard Montjoy

Fount Beattie

James " BIG Yankee" Ames

William E. "Gumble Jones

Wade Hampton

James Longstreet

Fizbugh Lee

William Henry Fitzburg Lee

Thomas T. Munford

and so on are All Brave Men . It's just the cause they fought for that was wrong .
Just the facts

AOL

#32 Jan 23, 2011
Just the facts wrote:
Robert E. Lee
Jeb Stuart
John Singleton Mosby
Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson
Adolphus "Dolly" Richards
Williiam and Samuel Chapman
Richard Montjoy
Fount Beattie
James " BIG Yankee" Ames
William E. "Gumble Jones
Wade Hampton
James Longstreet
Fizbugh Lee
William Henry Fitzburg Lee
Thomas T. Munford
and so on are All Brave Men . It's just the cause they fought for that was wrong .
SORRY I forgot Brigadier general George Pickett Brig. Gens. James L. Kemper, Richard B. Garnett, and Lewis A. Armistead and the young Major John Philham .
Barros Serrano

Silver City, NM

#33 Jan 23, 2011
Yet, still he was a traitor.
Jawga Boy

Gay, GA

#34 Jan 23, 2011
Barros Serrano wrote:
Yet, still he was a traitor.
So what are you going to do about the FLAGS THAT FLEW BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR, AND BLACKS WERE UNDER SLAVERY EVEN THEN?

I'll tell what you're going to do or say, absolutely nothing!

Funny, the Negroes always hollers about the South and slavery, what about the North?

http://www.slavenorth.com/
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#35 Jan 24, 2011
Just the facts wrote:
<quoted text>SORRY I forgot Brigadier general George Pickett Brig. Gens. James L. Kemper, Richard B. Garnett, and Lewis A. Armistead and the young Major John Philham .
ALL OF THESE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT FOR STATE RIGHTS .. NOT SLAVERY. ONLY AFTER THE WAR STARTED DID LINCOLN THROW THAT IN, THE NORTH BY FAR WERE MOST PREDJUDICE AGAINST THE BLACK RACE, THEY HAD MORE SLAVES THAN THE SOUTH DID,AND TREATED THEM LIKE CRAP. LIKE I SAID BEFORE .. THE HISTORY BOOKS WERE WRITTEN BY NORTHERNERS AND TOLD ONLY 1/4 TRUTHS. IF THAT MUCH.. THESE MEN LED FOR WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WROTE IN THE CONSTITUTION. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SLAVERY.
Barros Serrano

Silver City, NM

#36 Jan 24, 2011
Confederate HISTORY wrote:
<quoted text>
ALL OF THESE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT FOR STATE RIGHTS .. NOT SLAVERY. ONLY AFTER THE WAR STARTED DID LINCOLN THROW THAT IN, THE NORTH BY FAR WERE MOST PREDJUDICE AGAINST THE BLACK RACE, THEY HAD MORE SLAVES THAN THE SOUTH DID,AND TREATED THEM LIKE CRAP. LIKE I SAID BEFORE .. THE HISTORY BOOKS WERE WRITTEN BY NORTHERNERS AND TOLD ONLY 1/4 TRUTHS. IF THAT MUCH.. THESE MEN LED FOR WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WROTE IN THE CONSTITUTION. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SLAVERY.
Nice attempt at historical revisionism. It was about SLAVERY. SC seceded because Lincoln was an abolitionists and the South knew what he would do. Lincoln could have ended the war by saying, "ok, never mind, you can have your slaves," but he didn't.

SLAVERY. And all who fought for the CSA were vile lowlife demonic scum who supported slavery. Lee, the best general in the country, prolonged that bloody mess for years by his participation, fighting for SLAVERY. Look how the South treated black people for 100 years afterwards... because of "states rights"? No, it was a collective hissy fit for having lost their slaves.

And the North had to come down AGAIN and straighten those bastards out. Yes you WILL let black people vote, and attend college, etc.

CSA supporters, displayers of the Confederat Rag.... ALL traitors!
Just the facts

AOL

#37 Jan 24, 2011
Confederate HISTORY wrote:
<quoted text>
ALL OF THESE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT FOR STATE RIGHTS .. NOT SLAVERY. ONLY AFTER THE WAR STARTED DID LINCOLN THROW THAT IN, THE NORTH BY FAR WERE MOST PREDJUDICE AGAINST THE BLACK RACE, THEY HAD MORE SLAVES THAN THE SOUTH DID,AND TREATED THEM LIKE CRAP. LIKE I SAID BEFORE .. THE HISTORY BOOKS WERE WRITTEN BY NORTHERNERS AND TOLD ONLY 1/4 TRUTHS. IF THAT MUCH.. THESE MEN LED FOR WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WROTE IN THE CONSTITUTION. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SLAVERY.
You sound like a Fool, when you say "THE NORTH BY FAR WERE MOST PREDJUDICE AGAINST THE BLACK RACE, THEY HAD MORE SLAVES THAN THE SOUTH" .

oh_Really_now

“see where the hands are?”

Since: Sep 10

Bigot, Haiti

#38 Jan 24, 2011
Barros Serrano wrote:
<quoted text>

Lincoln was an abolitionists
!
The realization that many historians conclude that Lincoln was not an abolitionist led some students to the opposite extreme in their view of him than that which they previously held. When before Lincoln was held in the highest regard, students swung strongly to the other side, questioning his lack of moral courage and going so far as to ask why we even care to remember him.

<Most libtards claim they don't CLICK LINKS that prove them wrong>

Nancy

Midlothian, VA

#40 Jan 25, 2011
President Obama is a descendent of Lighthorse Harry Lee and Robert E. Lee - on his mother's side.

“American Gymnosophist”

Since: Jan 11

Estados Unidos

#41 Jan 25, 2011
true wrote:
hahahahah, thats too funny, didnt grant kick hisass?
but then again if the south won we wouldnt have the taxes and problems we have now
Ironically Grant owned slavesm Lee did not.
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#42 Jan 26, 2011
Nancy wrote:
President Obama is a descendent of Lighthorse Harry Lee and Robert E. Lee - on his mother's side.
OH DEAR Gawd....Please DON'T DISGRACE the Lee Family name by making a statement like that unless you have prooof!
Confederate HISTORY

Chesterfield, MO

#43 Jan 26, 2011
Just the facts wrote:
<quoted text>You sound like a Fool, when you say "THE NORTH BY FAR WERE MOST PREDJUDICE AGAINST THE BLACK RACE, THEY HAD MORE SLAVES THAN THE SOUTH" .
IF YOU WOULD DIG INTO HISTORY AND NOT THE HISTORY BOOKS WE GREW UP READING FROM SCHOOL... YOU COULD SEE "JUST the FACTS"... AND YOUR THE FOOL (YANKEE OR A MEMBER OF THE NAACP) FOR THINKING THE SOUTHERN PEOPLE WERE MORE PREGUDICE.. NORTHERNERS TREATED THE BLACKS FAR WORSE THAN THE SOUTHERNERS DID.THE MORE AND MORE YOU DIG, YOU WILL FIND THAT 60% GUESTIMATION) OF "SLAVES" WERE FREED SLAVES AND STAYED WITH THE SOUTHERN FAMILIES B/C THEY HAD FOOD,SHELTER AND JOBS AND WERE TREATED VERY WELL..
Jason P

Charlottesville, VA

#45 Jan 26, 2011
Most Americans were prejudiced against slaves and freed men and women during this time period (both in the north and the south). Black people were treated horribly all across America. They were lynched, denied voting rights and access to housing and jobs. Freed men (who either bought their freedom or were freed by owners) could even be re-enslaved.

The Civil War was a complicated matter, as most wars are, even today. Lincoln was not an abolitionist, but southern states feared that his party would push him into that view point.

The southern states seceded in the name of state's rights. The states' rights umbrella covered the idea that slavery should be extended into the new territories and maintained in the south. The economy of the south was largely agriculturally based (for the large plantations that equaled slave-based). With that statement I don't mean to imply that the Civil War was fought over slavery alone, but it was one of many factors that contributed to it being fought.

Confederate History - Most freed people could not leave their former owner's property because of the contracts that they were forced to sign to get any land to farm on and live off of (since their former owners gave them little compensation for all of their years of work). Also, most were not treated well. They were ignored and treated as second class citizens. Read up on the Slave Codes and Jim Crow laws if you are looking for evidence of how "well" the south treated free and enslaved people.

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