09 April 2012

Yes, Lee Surrendered . . .


But despite their best efforts Lee remains, in popular memory, the Christian warrior, the noble gentleman who put duty and honor before personal gain. He remains the icon of American honor and self-sacrifice. This is why moderns so despise Lee. He overcomes their petty criticisms and juvenile presentism. He towers above them. And, of course, paintings featuring Lee far outsell any of Grant the drunk who, by the way, also carries the distinction of leading the most corrupt administration in American history. What a guy.

Actually, he ended up a rather pitiful figure, succumbing to throat cancer - most likely due to alcohol and tobacco abuse - two vices Lee disdained. Pity the poor fans of Grant, a man who will never rise to the level of Lee nor garner the same level of admiration. How sad. It's not supposed to be that way for the victors. And,  of course, we know which part of the country won the culture war.

So, enjoy the victory. But I believe I detect some envy among certain "scholars" of the WBTS and Grant fans. Hey, Grant won. Celebrate and get over it.

5 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

My yearly post on this day.

Lee's Surrender, By My Great Grandfather, April 9, 1865, 146 Years Ago
http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2011/04/lees-surrender-by-my-great-grandfather.html

Lindsay said...

Nicely written!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thank you Lindsay. I perused a few of the other "let's poke 'em in the eye" juvenile blogs run by "scholars" and "teachers" and just wanted to give them some of their own medicine back. To be so proud of about "their" victory they sure do seem like a bunch of sour grapes and bitter cry babies. Talk about not "gettin' over it"! I read their blogs and feel like I'm on a school playground.

Willie Green said...

I know you despise academics, but knowing a little history yourself would not be so bad. You call Grant a drunk, but that is not all the story and you gloss over it so well...just like non-academics.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mr. Green - I do not "despise" academics, so you "know" no such thing. Nothing personal here - no need to get all puckered up. Certainly they're not above criticism and critique. They hold themselves out as experts, they should expect it. As a matter of fact, they should be held to a much higher standard than "non-academics", wouldn't you agree?

I know all about the other perspective and debate regarding Grant's drinking habits. That was a tweak and, as I expected, it worked quite well. Thanks for taking the time to comment.