18 January 2013

Lee-Jackson Day In The Commonwealth Of Virginia

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 served  in the United States Army from 1846 to 1851 before accepting the newly created position of Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Instructor of Artillery at Virginia Military Institute, a position he held until joining the Confederate war effort in 1861; 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 18, 2013 as LEE-JACKSON DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


John B. said...

It is outstanding that Virginia recognizes Lee-Jackson Day. I'm glad to see that they are remembered in their home state. In Texas we have Confederate Heroes Day which is observed on Gen. Lee's birthday.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, it is. Thanks for the comment. I gotta post coming up about Texas . . . stay tuned.