Certain facts are undisputed as to Robert E. Lee’s life relating to the Civil War and the years following.
He declined Lincoln’s offer to command the Federal Forces as his loyalty was to Virginia. It is undisputed that he was the greatest military technician of the Civil War. His surrender at Appomattox to Grant was concluded with his statement for the ultimate unification of the Union. He then left a solder’s life to serve as the president of Washington College where he wrote to the trustees, “It is the duty of every citizen to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony.”
Lee’s involvement reflected his desire to create a new generation of Americans as reflected in his response to the bitterness of a Confederate widow: “Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling and bring your children up to be Americans.”
Yet today we have the American Nazi Party, the KKK, the White Supremacists give laudatory praise to the memory and statues of Robert E. Lee whose life was not anything that they represent.
In the meantime, our citizens in response wish to destroy the very same statues. Literally is this not turning the logic of each group on its head! The better course is to provide the three groups police escorts into and out of the cities with nary a protester in view.
Henry P. Oswald, Salem