01 February 2015

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

. . . no memorial in the constellation of federal parks bears more painful scars than Arlington House. That is little surprise, considering the vindictiveness and trenchant hatred that inspired government officials to begin burying the federal dead in the front yard of General Lee’s beloved home. ~ Charles Hurt
Do we really need another book about Robert E. Lee? I must admit, it sounds interesting. And Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer likes it:
For all the biographies written about Robert E. Lee, the South’s greatest hero and the North’s greatest threat remains something of an enigma—patriot or traitor, saint or sinner? In this beautifully written narrative, Jonathan Horn clears away the cobwebs of myth and gives us a Lee passionately committed to a specific vision of America and leadership, but endlessly tortured about how to deal with a divided Union. The Man Who Would Not Be Washington succeeds at offering soundly researched history, fresh perspective, and gripping prose. Even for those well acquainted with the story of Lee and the Civil War, this is a genuine page turner. ~  Harold Holzer
I'm intrigued enough, after reading the reviews, to put it on my wish list on Amazon. I'm curious as to how the author will treat Lee's desire to emulate Washington, as contrasted with Douglas Southall Freeman's position on that topic, as he wrote in his epic biography of Lee:
Lee, however, was conscious that he had traditions of honor, of loyalty, and of public service. He set himself to be worthy of them, precisely as he had made Washington his model, almost without being conscious of it.


Eddie said...

Washington and Lee both were termed "Rebel" by governments opposed to the independence of th4 countries each were fighting for.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Ben Franklin's idea for our national motto:

"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God", or something like that.