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Robert E. Lee    The Nobel General


Without a doubt General Robert E. Lee is my hero.  It's a shame that he is not given the recognition he so rightly deserves; while Lincoln has been so unjustly glorified.  Here is a narrative from a collection of first-hand accounts found in "Civil War Treasury" edited by B.A. Botkin that speaks volumes to General Lee's character.  It also speaks to me about the power behind that greatest commandment . . .  Love One Another.

"I was at the battle of Gettysburg myself, and an incident occurred there which largely changed my views of the Southern people.  I had been a most bitter anti-Southman, and fought and cursed the Confederates desperately.  I could see nothing good in any of them.  The last day of the fight I was badly wounded.  A ball had shattered my left leg.  I lay on the ground not far from Cemetery Ridge, and as General Lee ordered his retreat, he and his officers rode near me.  As they came along, I recognized him and, though faint from exposure and loss of blood, I raised up my hands, looked Lee in the face, and shouted as loud as I could, 'Hurrah for the Union!'

The General heard me, looked, stopped his horse, dismounted and came toward me.  I confess that I at first thought he meant to kill me.  But as he came up he looked down at me with such a sad expression upon his face that all fear left me, and I wondered what he was about.  He extended his hand to me, and grasping mine firmly and looking right into my eyes said, "My son, I hope you will soon be well."

If I live a thousand years I shall never forget the expression on General Lee's face.  There he was, defeated, retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope, and yet he stopped to say words like those to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by!  As soon as the General had left me, I cried myself to sleep there upon the bloody ground."

Marcus J Wright Travis [><]


The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry, American colonial revolutionary

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