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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Gen. Lee

Happy Birthday Robert E. Lee! The Confederate Army commander was born in Virginia on January 19, 1807.
Lee was a hero of the Mexican War, and he was asked to command both Union and Confederate Armies in early 1861. Lee chose the South because he could not bring himself to take up arms against his native Virginia.
Lee was not a strong supporter of secession or slavery. Here are some surprising quotes from letters to family members:
"I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union."
"In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country.