18 January 2012

Our Governor's Official Lee-Jackson Proclamation

Lee-Jackson Day

WHEREAS,  Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson are native Virginians, having served our great nation and Commonwealth as educators, leaders, and military strategists; and
WHEREAS,  Lee served in the United States Army for more than three decades until he left his position to serve as Commander in Chief of Virginia’s military forces and as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia; and
WHEREAS,  Jackson taught philosophy and military tactics as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington for nearly a decade before serving briefly in the United States Army and later joining the Confederate Army to fight for his native Virginia; and
WHEREAS,  Lee dedicated his life after the Civil War to reforming higher education in the South by serving as President of Washington College, now Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, where he helped to greatly increase the school’s funding and expand the curriculum to create an atmosphere most conducive to learning for young men of both Southern and Northern heritage; and
WHEREAS,  Jackson’s leadership and bravery enabled him to rally his troops to several improbable victories against numerically superior forces, and Jackson’s inspired “Stonewall Brigade” fought alongside General Lee’s troops in another victory, even after their leader was fatally wounded on the second day of the Battle of Chancellorsville; and
WHEREAS,  it is fitting to recognize Generals Lee and Jackson as two of our nation’s most notable military strategists, as beloved leaders among their troops, as pioneers in the field of higher education, and as faithful and dedicated Virginians;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize January 13, 2012 as LEE-JACKSON DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.

On a pedestal, where they belong.


15th Georgia said...

Here is a great Lee-Jackson story about an event in the life of a young General George Patton:

"Although Patton was born and raised in California, he had family roots in Virginia. His father and grandfather were both VMI graduates and his grandfather had been a CSA officer who was killed in action at the Battle of Opequon.

When George was a boy, it was customary for him, prior to going to bed, to come down to the parlor, kneel beside his mother’s chair, and say his nightly devotions.

Two pictures hung on the wall above that chair. The one on the left showed an authoritative-looking face with white hair and beard. The other showed a younger man with dark hair and beard. Given their positions of honor high on the wall, George assumed the first picture had to be a depiction of God, while the other was surely Jesus.

It was not until later in life that he came to realize that the two in the pictures were not God and Jesus.

They were Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Patton is a fascinating character himself. My grandfather served under him for a while and despised him. My father in law also served under him and loved him.