Today marks the 203rd birthday of General Robert E. Lee.
Lee is a man who I feel like is too often unfairly used as a symbol of racism and the supposed ignorance of the South, and as a result, becomes known simply as the leader of the "bad" army in the Civil War. Unfortunately, this takes away from the fact that he was one of the greatest military leaders in the history of the United States, and also a great patriot. A fact that rarely seems to be brought up is that on the verge of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln approached Lee, a West Point graduate, with the offer to be the head of the Union Army. Lee, after much debating, finally made the decision that he had to be loyal to his home state, Virginia, who had entered the war on the side of the Confederacy.
Lee was a man of honor, courage, and principle, and someone who deserves a better legacy than the one that is widely given to him. Read more about his life on Wikipedia.
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