Friday, May 19, 2017

There Goes Robert E. Lee

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere
ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
-Dr. Martin Luther King

Today, another statute honoring an important figure
in the history of the United States of America
is being removed from the city of New Orleans...

Robert E. Lee Statue at Lee Circle in New Orleans

Once again, the members of another southern city council 
have bowed their knees to political correctness in their decision  
   to remove the statue of American patriot 
and Confederate war hero, 
General Robert E. Lee.

The very idea that the presence of the statue somehow

reflects, "the lost cause of the Confederacy"is simply
 ridiculous and only reveals how profoundly
ignorant  the members of the
New Orleans city council are in regards
 to what actually happened during the
War for Southern Independence, or what 
southern historian Lochlainn Seabrook calls,
Abraham Lincoln's "illegal and unnecessary
war" against the South.

"In all my perplexities and distresses,
the Bible has never failed 
to give me light and strength."
-Robert E. Lee

General Robert E. Lee

As a member of the Whig Party, Colonel Robert E. Lee was
personally opposed to all war between men.  He firmly believed
that civilization could not advance until reason and compassion
prevailed in settling disputes.

Nevertheless, Lee was a professional soldier who answered
his nation's call of duty, first during the Mexican War,
and later as a general in the American Civil War.

During the Mexican War, Lee was commended for his
brilliance in reconnaissance missions against the enemy 
troops of Mexican General Santa Anna.

According to the book, "Sounding Forth The Trumpet"
by Reverend Peter Marshall Jr. and David Manuel,
Robert E. Lee was not only cited for his courage
under fire, but his excellent skills in reconnaissance 
which seemed to come to him almost intuitively,
and for which he received high praises from
his commanding officer, General Winfield Scott.

Scott called Lee's clandestine expeditions across the 
rugged, impassable pedregal, a dried lava bed
near the Mexican border, to survey the
strength and positions of Santa Anna's army,
"The greatest feat of physical and moral courage
performed by any individual in my knowledge
in the pending campaign."
Other generals fighting in the Mexican War
also acknowledged Captain Lee's gallantry.
General Scott later awarded Lee with a
double promotion, to Lieutenant Colonel.
Although this was a battlefield promotion,
it spoke of the high regard felt for
Robert E. Lee by his fellow soldiers.
Without his unique insights in
strategy on the battlefield,
 the Mexican War might have
had an entirely different outcome.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band

"Robbie and I worked on,
"The Night They Drove Old
Dixie Down" up in Woodstock.
I remember taking him to the
library so he could research
the history and geography of the era,
and make General Robert E. Lee
come out with all due respect."
-Levon Helm

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