19 January 2011

Happy 204th General Lee


"General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his belief in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history. From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained."  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

8 comments:

Thomas Gann said...

I think,President Eisenhower,summed up,General Lee perfectly.

Happy birthday General Lee.

Chaps said...

"When the future historian shall come to survey the character of Lee he will find it rising like a huge mountain above the undulating plane of humanity, and he must lift his eyes high toward heaven to catch its summit. He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward. He was obedient to authority as a servant, and royal in authority as a true king. He was gentle as a woman in life; modest and pure as a virgin in thought; watchful as a Roman vestal in duty; submissive to law as Socrates; and grand in battle as Achilles."

-Senator Ben Hill, Georgia

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thomas: I think so too. From one great General to another . . . ;o)

Chaps - classic. I have that one framed on MY office wall.

Lindsay Horne said...

General Eisenhower summed it perfectly...what a great post!

Rebel Raider said...

"He was a foe without hate, a friend without treachery, a soldier without cruelty, a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices, a private citizen without wrong, a neighbor without reproach, a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness; and Washington, without his reward."

-Benjamin H. Hill, Jr., spoken about Robert E. Lee

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I think so Lindsay. Thanks.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey RR - yes, Chaps quoted Senator Hill as well.

Rebel Raider said...

I can't believe I didn't see that. I guess it pays to scan comments a little more thoroughly before posting. My apologizes.