14 March 2007

General Lee & Reconciliation

Last night my SCV camp in Lexington had the honor of hosting Taylor Sanders as our speaker. Taylor is a long-time history professor at Washington & Lee University. Taylor's topic was Robert E. Lee & Reconciliation. His talk was very interesting. I wrote this quote down from Taylor's comments:

"In 1865, Northern newspaper editors were accusing Lee of leading a 'training school for treason' - but by 1870, the same editors were praising Lee as a 'strong, positive, and moral influence' upon the young men of America."

I believe Lee still serves in that role. But today, there are many extremists again suggesting Lee was nothing more than a traitor. Perhaps they, too, will one day set aside emotion and what is faddish and examine Lee's character and accomplishments with intellectual honesty.

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