Robert E. Lee Day

“I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God. [Robert E. Lee]”

This day today is not MLK day in the least – Robert E Lee came a long time before him and represented the entire south.

In 2015, the shameful Georgian executive decided to stop honouring their hero and instead went for the communist’s day as more important.

Very difficult to find an unbiased history of Lee, Wiki is useless, this is OK:

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/robert-e-lee-born

Confederate General Robert Edward Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during most of the Civil War and his brilliant battlefield leadership earned him a reputation as one of the greatest military leaders in history as he consistently defeated larger Union armies.

This must be added, in the interest of accuracy, courtesy of my friends:

Lee was not Commander in General of the entire Confederacy until later in the war … probably after Vicksberg fell. He was General of the Army of Northern Virginia.  That army was not only in charge of fighting the Army of the Potomac, but they were also responsible for protecting the capital of the Confederacy.

One of the most shameful things to me, personally, is that Alabama Public Radio runs it as MLK Day and then Robert E Lee as an afterthought. Dixie must always stay alive in people’s minds. As for Virginia …

A British take on him:

We’ll not mention damnyankees or carpetbaggers – after all, we’re all friends now, right?

3 comments for “Robert E. Lee Day

  1. January 21, 2019 at 19:14

    This comment was under The Band song:

    Too many bitter comments here! I choose to see this song, written by fellow Torontonian Robbie Robertson, as a tribute to a people who suffered a great loss, but whose pride could never be diminished. Much like the Mohawks (Robertson was half Mohawk), part of the Iroquois Confederacy. Maybe Robertson wasn’t thinking only of the Confederacy in the South when he wrote this, but also the Confederacy of the North!

    And, just maybe, the Mohawks and other First Nations people, who were abused and denigrated by the majority white population here in Canada, are seen by Robertson as being akin to the Southerners who were treated like little more than hicks despite their rich history and great achievements, as if the stain of slavery was the only thing that ever happened there. When we talk of civil rights in the south, we have to remember it wasn’t the Liberal hero John Kennedy who broke Jim Crow, it was the Southerner Lyndon Johnson who did so.

    Levon Helm, a Southerner, sang this song, and helped Robbie get some of the facts right. But Levon and Robbie clearly shared a passion for the Confederacy, just maybe not the same one!

  2. January 22, 2019 at 03:29

    In doing some genealogical research I found that Lee and Lincoln were actually third cousins, but was not able to verify.
    (One line of my maternal grandmother traces back to Lincoln’s grandfather; another goes to the Mayflower.)

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