by Al Benson Jr.
By now anyone that reads anything but the comic strip in the "newspaper" (often more truth there than anywhere else) has read about the Cultural Theft now being attempted in New Orleans. It is part of the anti-Confederate psy ops campaign that started last June. The Cultural Theft/Ethnic Cleansing/cultural Marxist cadre had been somewhat quiet for awhile and many of us figured that we were in the midst of that quiet period between their initial assault and the time when they had hoped we'd go back to sleep so they could clobber us with their second offensive. It seems that the second offensive has now arrived, at least in New Orleans ( a "Christmas" gift for the unwary). Either that or the mayor there is off schedule.
I received some interesting commentary from a man in Alabama yesterday that so well fits this situation. He wrote: "When ISIS finds a historical monument or statue that does not fit their narrative they destroy it. Congratulations New Orleans, you fit in well with ISIS in this category." Problem is, he's right on the money! When the culture thieves and ethnic cleansers (who are all cultural Marxists) find something that does not fit into their wished-for agenda then it is slated for destruction. It must be so otherwise their agenda could not go forward and America could not continue to be "fundamentally transformed."
A recent column on www.thenewsadvocate.com by Jeff Adelson noted: "Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday (12/17) signed into law a measure allowing for the removal of four monuments to Confederate leaders and a Reconstruction-era white uprising, and he suggested that other controversial memorials in the city may be rethought as well. Having called in June for the monuments to come down in the wake of a shooting that left nine people dead in a South Carolina church at the hands of a white supremacist, Landrieu spent all summer and fall largely on the sidelines, at least publicly, of a growing controversy over the proposal." I guess that was the cooling off period to get everybody to go back to sleep.
Some might be tempted to ask what the shooting of folks in South Carolina had to do with Confederate statues in Louisiana, but they'd probably be shouted down in today's politically charged climate. You aren't supposed to ask that question. What you are supposed to do is to respond to the emotional hot button concept that anything Confederate is automatically evil and learn to do the goose-step so you can march in a scripted "spontaneous" demonstration somewhere to demand the removal of anything and everything Confederate from anyplace and everyplace.
The New Orleans City Council voted to cave in to cultural Marxism on this issue by a 6-1 margin and the mayor can't wait to get the wrecking crews out to get the monuments down and out of public sight--after all they have been the cause of so much misery for so many generations that people walking by them automatically come down with a case of the blind staggers or whatever. It sounds suspiciously like the old "I'm offended" game carried to a whole new level. And remember, this mayor is related to Mary (I'm for Obamacare) Landrieu who recently lost her seat in the US Senate, mostly because of Obamacare and her ultra-liberal position on just about everything.
When the lady on the city council who voted against this dared to disagree with the mayor (something that can be dangerous, politically and otherwise, in many cities) he responded to her with a politically correct retort of the kind that is supposed to silence the opposition once and for all. He said: "I didn't create this diversion, nor did I create the tension. You may be knowledgeable of the fact that actually slavery did." Ahhh, there's the statement you are not supposed to be able to argue against--it's the fault of slavery, and therefore, it's the white man's fault,so just shut up and sit down. Suffice it to say that slavery did not create this tension--cultural Marxists created this present tension for the purpose of furthering their agenda of Cultural Theft against the South--and they have fomented and nurtured this presumed tension for generations now until some situation could be brought forth to bring it to fruition. This clown in South Carolina, supposedly with the Confederate flag in his hand, seems to be that situation.
And the mayor has issued the not-so-subtle warning that he might not be finished yet. Street names could be changed--naturally to be named after "civil rights" leaders. If that round of ethnic cleansing manages to go forward then we may have another round where they start naming things after outright socialists or Marxists. That might take a little while, so stay tuned.
I know I sound like a broken record on this issue, but until folks start, in sufficient numbers, to stand up and protest all this, it will continue and the culture, history, faith and heritage they steal from you will also be stolen from your children and grandchildren. Think about that.
Reprinted from SHNV and Chuck Demastus
In the wake of attacks recently upon all things Confederate, some outspoken critics of Southern heritage began calling for the renaming of US Army bases around the South which bear the names of Confederate commanders from the War Between the States. Some of the more prominent of these bases include Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Fort Benning, located in Columbus, Georgia, was named in honor of Henry Benning, one of the most influential men in Georgia politics and a Confederate general after the outbreak of the War. Benning was a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court prior to the War and was an outspoken proponent of the constitutional view of States' Rights and a limited federal government. In fact, Benning wrote the majority opinion in the important case of "Paddleford v Savannah" in which he advanced the States' Rights doctrine that in all constitutional questions, the Georgia Supreme Court is "coordinate and co-equal" with the federal supreme court since the states created the federal government. Benning served admirably in the Confederate army during the War and continued to be a leading figure in Georgia after the war's end. Thousands of soldiers in the US Army have trained at Fort Benning during its history, including some of the most elite infantry and airborne troops
dating all the way back to World War II.
US Army spokesmen responded to the recent calls to rename bases named in honor of Confederate heroes by stating that the Army has no current intention of renaming its bases. The bases named in honor of Southern heroes are located in the South and were named in a spirit of reconciliation after the late unpleasantness.
The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans applauds the unwillingness of the US Army to yield to the unpopular, albeit loud, cries of the politically incorrect enemies of Southern heritage in their attempt to eliminate every vestige of our noble heritage.
By: Craig Maus
Lou Dobbs of Fox News recently referred to the RepubliCON Establishment, the DemonCRAP Party and the Liberal News Media of this country as the “UN-HOLY ALLIANCE.”
Mr. Dobbs is one of the FEW remaining Journalists who reports the news fairly & with an Eloquence that has become, unfortunately, passé.
His command of the English language is unique in this day & age in which other newscasters, so-called, merely parrot the Political Narrative of their ‘station mastas’ crying FOUL when ANYONE attempts honest dialogue.
The double-standard has been with us for decades but is only resonating and being realized NOW because it is no longer possible to IGNORE the actions of the ‘Corporation’, better known as the U.S. government, along with their bought & paid for Media Propaganda Ministries who have combined to unleash upon us a treachery of deceit that has made of them and this government anything but ‘Representative’ OR LIMITED!
Thus a litany of Lies and Deceit has CONTINUED to descend upon an un-suspecting country with each new generation, as mentioned numerous times before, becoming more distanced from the one prior with REALITY becoming the biggest casualty!
The RepubliCON establishment and their DemonCRAP PARTNERS across their ‘aisles’ have played the PRETEND GAME MASTERFULLY and at our expense!
Their combined actions, thus, have remained cloaked and near invisible thanks to a capitulating Media that has acted as their accomplices and collaborators in cloaking their many nefarious actions.
This is the ESSENCE OF WHAT WE CONFEDERATES HAVE BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT FOR WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN ETERNITY.
Each of these entities, the UN-HOLY ALLIANCE, represents those ‘Dots We Confederates have been asking YOU to Connect’.
Our Confederate Society has labored long & hard for over 23 years Comparing and Contrasting America past with America present while presenting y’all with Historical Information as NO other that supports our claims.
The UN-HOLY ALLIANCES’ attack on Trump (NO matter what you may think of him) is PROOF-POSITIVE of the INTIMACY between them all and the extent to which Those People will go when their
Mecca of Mediocrity is threatened with TRUTH!
They circle THEIR WAGONS as ONE and EACH & EVERY ONE OF THEIR SO-CALLED RESPECTIVE CANDIDATES UNITE in an attempt to OBLITERATE ANYONE or ANY THING should their Fiefdom become circumspect.
This is the manner in which Those People have been operating for over 150 years and now that the CALAMITY resulting from their Political Paradigm, more commonly known as Political Correctness, that has served them so well during their final RECONSTRUCTIVE LEG (Cultural), has come back to bite them BIG TIME, they are reacting every bit the same as a spoiled child who has finally been caught with their hands clearly in the
Peoples’ Cookie Jar!
What Trump has suggested is NOT an attack on another’s religion- it is simply the Pragmatic thing to do!
And by the way, has been done by other president’s at various times in America’s forgotten & re-written HISTORY.
The UN-HOLY ALLIANCE Folks is Desperate!
It couldn’t be any more obvious!
But this, again, is what has been going on for decades and now that the Reality of their failed Marxist agenda is unraveling for ALL TO SEE, they are ALL clearly exposing themselves for what they are & have been because of TRUMP!
You see, they have been in control of us for so long they thought it impossible for someone like a TRUMP, an OUTSIDER, to ever again come along and expose them for the ruthless SOB’s they are & for exposing & threatening the Fiefdom of the Kingdom they created & have enjoyed for themselves beginning in 1865.
For folks such as We Confederates, it comes as NO SURPRISE because we have been telling Y’all so for over 150 years just as we have been telling you that……..
THERE IS NO JUSTICE – JUST US
President, The Confederate Society of America
By Jeff Deist
re-posted from Lew Rockwell.com
Libertarian strategy has always been a vexing topic. Presidential election years, filled with statist campaign rhetoric, tend to cause existential pain and a reexamination of the fundamental question before us: What must be done
to reduce the size and scope of the state? How can we realistically create a more libertarian society here and now, given the resources available and the range of tactical options? Is our primary task intellectual, with the goal of converting academic, financial, and political elites to our point of view? Or is a bottom-up strategy superior, one that focuses on populist messages and grassroots political activism?
Is our fight intellectual or populist?
Murray Rothbard addressed both of these approaches in a decidedly un-PC essay written in 1992
, an election year that presented libertarians with many of the same issues faced today. He discusses the goal of influencing elite thinkers, a process he termed “Hayekian conversion,” and contrasts it with the goal of reaching the masses through populist messaging.
Typically for Rothbard, he saw no inherent conflict between seeking popularity for libertarian ideas and sticking to first principles. As for appealing to elites or appealing to the masses, he suggests both. But the real subject of the article is populism, a topic Murray approaches unabashedly: libertarians should openly embrace right wing populism as the quickest means to generate opposition to the state and its lackeys, specifically the “technocrats, ‘social scientists,’ and media intellectuals… who apologize for the State system and staff in the ranks of its bureaucracy.”
Almost 25 years later, Murray’s analysis sounds quite prescient:
Libertarians have often seen the problem plainly, but as strategists for social change they have badly missed the boat. In what we might call “the Hayek model,” they have called for spreading correct ideas, and thereby converting the intellectual elites to liberty, beginning with top philosophers and then slowly trickling on down through the decades to converting journalists and other media opinion-molders. And of course, ideas are the key, and spreading correct doctrine is a necessary part of any libertarian strategy. It might be said that the process takes too long, but a long-range strategy is important, and contrasts to the tragic futility of official conservatism which is interested only in the lesser-of-two-evils for the current election and therefore loses in the medium, let along the long, run. But the real error is not so much the emphasis on the long run, but on ignoring the fundamental fact that the problem is not just intellectual error. The problem is that the intellectual elites benefit from the current system; in a crucial sense, they are part of the ruling class. The process of Hayekian conversion assumes that everyone, or at least all intellectuals, is interested solely in the truth, and that economic self-interest never gets in the way. Anyone at all acquainted with intellectuals or academics should be disabused of this notion, and fast. Any libertarian strategy must recognize that intellectuals and opinion-molders are part of the fundamental problem, not just because of error, but because their own self-interest is tied into the ruling system.
Why then did communism implode? Because in the end the system was working so badly that even the nomenklatura got fed up and threw in the towel. The Marxists have correctly pointed out that a social system collapses when the ruling class becomes demoralized and loses its will to power; manifest failure of the communist system brought about that demoralization. But doing nothing, or relying only on educating the elites in correct ideas, will mean that our own statist system will not end until our entire society, like that of the Soviet Union, has been reduced to rubble. Surely, we must not sit still for that. A strategy for liberty must be far more active and aggressive.
Hence the importance, for libertarians or for minimal government conservatives, of having a one-two punch in their armor: not simply of spreading correct ideas, but also of exposing the corrupt ruling elites and how they benefit from the existing system, more specifically how they are ripping us off. Ripping the mask off elites is “negative campaigning” at its finest and most fundamental.
This two-pronged strategy is (a) to build up a cadre of our own libertarians, minimal-government opinion-molders, based on correct ideas; and (b) to tap the masses directly, to short-circuit the dominant media and intellectual elites, to rouse the masses of people against the elites that are looting them, and confusing them, and oppressing them, both socially and economically. But this strategy must fuse the abstract and the concrete; it must not simply attack elites in the abstract, but must focus specifically on the existing statist system, on those who right now constitute the ruling classes.
Libertarians have long been puzzled about whom, about which groups, to reach out to. The simple answer: everyone, is not enough, because to be relevant politically, we must concentrate strategically on those groups who are most oppressed and who also have the most social leverage.
Rothbard makes two important points here, both are which are deceptively simple and thus often overlooked:
- First: elites are not motivated by intellectual ideas, good intentions, or the betterment of society. They are motivated by self-interest, like everyone else. Therefore the question is not whether we can convince elites that libertarian ideas are better, but whether they would be better off in a more libertarian world. For many state-connected elites, the answer is decidedly no. This explains why Hayekian conversion frequently fails. Rothbard understood the immense power of self-interested elites working against the libertarian message. The state and its clients—central bankers, academia, crony corporations, defense contractors, federal workers, politicians, and the whole political class—are aligned against us. But as Rothbard posits, we cannot simply give up on identifying potential allies among those elites. Organizations like the Volker Fund, IHS, and the Mises Institute have had success in winning converts and placing libertarians in academia, and surely we can’t simply cede higher education entirely to progressives. We also should seek alliances with elite libertarians in the business and investment worlds wherever possible, people like Peter Thiel and Mark Spitznagel.
- Second: any successful libertarian strategy must contain a healthy dose of populism. Austrian economics and libertarian theory often don’t lend themselves to easy sound bites and simplistic memes. But intellectual arguments alone won’t carry the day. Effective populist messages contain an implicit answer to the question of “What’s in it for me” that satisfies the average Joe or Jane. It’s easy for Bernie Sanders simply to say, “I want to make college free so that all young people have an equal chance at success.” It’s not so easy to hand someone 900 pages of Human Action and say, “Read this, you’ll understand” (but try it anyway).
Many Americans are too busy keeping their head above water and raising families to spend any free time reading economics or libertarian theory. At most, the average person might pay some slight attention to the campaign season and vote in the majority of elections. Therefore a winning populist message must be easy to understand, easy to sell, and obviously beneficial to middle class and working class constituencies. A populist message by definition is not one that requires a great deal of work to find or adopt.
Case in point: Ron Paul managed to enlist thousands of new libertarians during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns by successfully applying two populist messages: “End the Fed” and “Get out of the Middle East.” Both messages appealed across ideological lines, and both messages captured the prevailing mood of the country.
After the Crash of ’08, many Americans increasingly were wary of Wall Street and its cozy connections with both the Fed and the Treasury Department. Wall Street got bailed out, Main Street did not. The public’s understanding of what the Fed does and how exactly it creates an elite banking class may have been fuzzy, but so what? The Fed is a great example of an issue where the average person’s reflexive viewpoint just so happens to be correct and libertarian at the same time. Ron Paul was able to tap into visceral anti-Fed sentiment in the same way that progressives do on a host of other issues.Dr. Paul similarly exploited weariness with our Middle East entanglements by using another simple and appealing populist message: get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so, he correctly sensed that the interventionist sentiment following the events of 9/11 had passed. By 2008, and certainly by 2012, a majority of Americans had come to the conclusion– however vague– that these two lengthy wars were producing nothing except casualties, debt, and blowback. So Paul’s principled antiwar position dovetailed with the national mood, even if most people might not have articulated a libertarian rationale for that mood.
Libertarian populism, like any form of populism, can be a double-edged sword. Support for any candidate or message that is not based on some degree of thought and deliberation can turn on a dime. But note that many of those initially drawn to Dr. Paul’s campaigns by its populist themes went on to read books he had recommended, becoming more fully liberty-minded as a result. And as Rothbard points out, libertarians ignore populism at our own peril. Just as every left wing populist has not read Marx or Howard Zinn, we should not apply intellectual litmus tests to potential libertarian converts. When it comes to libertarian populism, reflexive antipathy for the state—and an instinctive recognition of its malevolence—can be enough.
By: DOUGLAS ERNST
The Lone Star State will find out on Saturday just how eager its Republicans are to reconstitute the Republic of Texas.
A state GOP committee in Austin passed a secession resolution on Friday that will require a full-party vote on Saturday. The non-binding measure would gauge the desire among state Republicans to secede.
“If the federal government continues to disregard the constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation,” the measure reads, the Chronicle
State Republican Executive Committee member Tanya Robertson of Galveston and Brazoria counties introduced the resolution due to constituents’ demands.
A Declaration of Independence from Mexico was issued March 1, 1836, to found the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston was subsequently elected president and general of the Texas army, which would then take on Mexico’s Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
“Let’s make their victory worse than a defeat,” Texas Col. William B. Travis said of Santa Anna’s 4,000-man army as they approached the Alamo in San Antonio, historian Larry Schweikart writes in “A Patriot’s History of the United States.”What do YOU think? Sound off on Texas’ movement to secede from U.S.
Texas would eventually go on to join the Union on Dec. 29, 1845.
If the SREC approves the secession resolution on Saturday, then it will appear on the March 1, 2016, Republican primary ballot.
The Chronicle managed to interview 13 of 40 members of the SREC this week. Six members supported a vote on independence, six opposed, and one declined to comment.“The Liberty Amendments” is the blueprint on how to fix our broken government by Mark Levin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Liberty and Tyranny” and “Ameritopia.” Order it today at WND’s Superstore.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1861 that secession is illegal, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote to a citizen on the issue in 2006, “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, ‘one Nation, indivisible.’),” the Wall Street Journal
Pro-secession Texans would likely prepare its citizens for the federal government’s reaction by citing the Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/texas-secession-resolution-passes-gop-committee/#ZCCvTUayLJeAFrOl.99
by Al Benson Jr.
We have all read in our Politically Correct (cultural Marxist) “history” books about how the noble and virtuous North went to war in order to wipe out the evil of slavery in the South and to preserve the Union (empire) from those treasonous, greasy Southern slave holders whose evil plan was to take their states out of the Glorious Union–and we all know that secession is treason–right?
This is the unmitigated hogwash that passes for “history” in our institutions of public learning and, sad to say, in too many private schools as well. If this were actually the case, one might question why the national government did not abolish slavery in the four slave states that remained in the Union. Even Lincoln’s infamous “Emancipation Proclamation” didn’t bother to do that. But we are not even supposed to think about all that–on with the agenda! And the agenda was, and still is, Ethnic Cleansing in the South (and eventually everywhere else once the South has been cleansed).
Historian and novelist Clifford Dowdey of Richmond, Virginia (now deceased) pointed that out for those astute enough to grasp it, in his book Lee’s Last Campaign,
originally published back around 1960 and subsequently reprinted.
Dowdey noted, on page 57 that: “The Union population had been injected with a crusading spirit by Lincoln’s brilliant political war measure, the Emancipation Proclamation. This gave the equivalent of a slogan for the ignorant and the indifferent, while the necessary object of hatred for a crusade–‘the chivalry-ridden, slave-holding South’ was provided by the abolitionists and their powers in the Republican Party. Less than one fourth of the Southerners were associated in any way with slavery (scarcely more than ten per cent actually owned slaves) and active emancipationists included Lee, Jeb Stuart and A.P. Hill. The chivalrous attitudes were confined largely to plantation families, but the concept of chivalry particularly goaded non-privileged Northerners…Under the sanction of the slogan, the anti-Southern Republican Party enjoyed virtually despotic power in its policy of conquering the South by physical destruction.” And earlier, on page 56, he had observed: “Lee saw from the beginning that the armed conflict grew from deeper roots than the difference of opinion over the Negro’s status or even preservation of the Union.” In other words, Lee saw the theological roots of the North’s vitriolic hatred for the South. That’s something most “historians” almost totally ignore.
As far as Lincoln was concerned, Dowdey told us back on page 50 that: “Lincoln assumed the responsibility for the consequences of total war;…he intended to heal the South’s wounds after its society was destroyed…” And on page 60 Dowdey noted, that “The changed nature of the war revealed that the forces arrayed against them waited only for their defeat by arms to obliterate the society of their beloved land.” In other words, the Yankee/Marxists in the North were planning on the total destruction of all Southern society and the replacing of it with something else. I believe that constitutes a pretty fair definition of Ethnic Cleansing.
Another astute observer of the Southern scene, author Frank Conner, said pretty much the same thing in his informative book The South Under Siege–1830-2000
when he stated: “Actually this cultural war has raged unabated since the 1830s, when Northern liberals decided to supplant Christianity with secular humanism as the official religion, and they selected the religious South as their battleground. To understand what the (culture) war is really all about we shall review the battles of Northern secularism against Southern Christianity–many of which have been fought under the banner of black civil-rights. As those battles continue today, the opinion makers are attacking the Old South with ever-increasing rancor…the present day vilification of the Confederacy is part of a long term ideological war waged against the conservative white South for the purpose of destroying the Southerners as a people and rendering them socially, politically, and economically impotent.” And I might add that a large part of that agenda is also to render them spiritually impotent.
Whether Mr. Dowdey or Mr. Conner says it, they are both saying the same thing. Dowdey said it first around 1960 and Conner noted it again around 2000, and in the forty years in between, who paid attention? Not too many or we wouldn’t be in the situation we find ourselves in today. There is an on-going program among both political parties, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission–the Ruling Elite, that calls for the spiritual, mental and physical destruction of the South and particularly for the destruction of anything even remotely presumed to be Confederate. This all is, indeed, Ethnic Cleansing, or Cultural Genocide, and most Southern folks don’t even have a clue that this is happening or that it is an ONGOING program and has been for 150 years and more.
There is much more involved here than the concern over slavery, but current and past “historians” are mostly more than willing to go with the flow, write their politically correct books about the War, give their speeches and make big bucks by making sure they do nothing to rock the boat. They would simply rather you never learned about how your own society is being destroyed by “those people” I mentioned in the previous paragraph. If you remain ignorant then you can’t ask questions about why your society and culture are being destroyed.
Mr. Dowdey made the statement that, at some point, the War “changed.”That’s the one thing I disagree with him on. I believe that Ethnic Cleansing, particularly here in the South, has always been on the agenda since day one. Other than that, his book is right on the money and if you can still find a copy on Amazon.com
or some other place, then grab it. In the same vein, if you can find a copy of Frank Conner’s book I would urge you to pick that one up too. It’s long, over 700 pages, and I realize most folks today hate to read anything longer than the football scores on their local sports page, but we should really work at getting ourselves back into the habit of real reading, especially where our history and culture are concerned. Frank Conner’s book may be long, but it’s not difficult reading. He didn’t write it for college professors, he wrote it for ordinary folks, you and me.
If your heart and mind have been alerting you that something is decidedly wrong all across the country, but especially here in our South, (and after living here for over 13 years I consider it mine; it’s home) then you need to get these books if at all possible and start to find out why the society and culture you know and love is being systematically destroyed and you are being rendered imminently replaceable by a horde of Third World terrorists and hooligans.
From our friends at the Va. Flaggers who posted:
We got a sneak peak of this photo a few weeks ago and are thrilled to be able to share with you that John Paul Strain Historical Art has just released this beautiful painting of the LEE Chapel BEFORE it was desecrated by the Washington & Lee administration, complete with the Memorial Battle Flags.
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150 firstname.lastname@example.org
From John Paul Strain Historical Art: Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. I am excited to announce the release of my latest painting, in time for Christmas. Robert E. Lee's Memorial
Lee Chapel - Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia Many thought of him as the realized King Arthur. Revered and loved by his soldiers, Robert E. Lee became one of the greatest generals in American history. A visiting British woman wrote "General Lee is the handsomest man of his age I ever saw. His manners are most courteous and full of dignity...he has none of the small vices...and his bitterest enemy never accused him of any of the greater ones." Perpetually faithful to his wife, he neither drank, swore or smoked. He prayed for guidance from the Almighty long and often. As a cadet at West Point he did not receive a single demerit. His class mates affectionately referred to him as the "Marble Model". He was born to one of the first families of Virginia. His father, Light Horse Harry Lee, had been a friend and favorite cavalry commander of George Washington. In 1831 Robert married Mary Custis, Martha Washington's granddaughter. Lee's military career was distinguished like no other. He was appointed to the prestigious Corps of Engineers. In the war with Mexico, he was brevetted three times for bravery, and played a key role in the victories achieved in battle. Becoming
Superintendent of West Point, he commanded the Marines who captured the insurrectionist John Brown at Harper's Ferry. As hostilities began to break out, the north needed a new field commander. General Winfield Scott pronounced, "If ...the President of the United States would tell me that a great battle was to be fought for the liberty or slavery of the country, and asked my judgement as to the ability of a commander, I would say with my dying breath, 'Let it be Robert E. Lee!'" Lincoln offered Lee total field command of the entire Union Army. Lee pondered the greatest dilemma of his life at his Arlington estate across the Potomac from Washington. At midnight on the 20th of April, Lee wrote his letter of resignation from the United States Army. Lee wrote to General Scott, "Save in defense of my Native State, I never desire again to draw my sword." He then took the train to Richmond never to see his beloved Arlington home again. On April 23rd Lee accepted command of the Army of Virginia. And so began his defense of not only his native state but the entire South. After the end of the war Lee moved to Lexington Virginia accepting the position of President at Washington college. For the next 5 years Lee worked tirelessly to build the college physically and financially. In 1866 Lee requested a larger church chapel be built. With the help of his son Custis and architect Col. Thomas Williamson from the VMI the chapel was constructed during 1867-68. Lee regularly attended services there upon its completion. When Robert E. Lee died on Oct 14, 1870, a funeral procession took his remains to the chapel. VMI Cadet honor guards stood watch through the night. He was buried beneath the chapel, where he remains to this day. A year after his death, the sculptor Edward Valentine was commissioned to create a life size marble sculpture of General Lee in uniform asleep on his cot. The completed work entitled "Recumbent Lee" is reminiscent of Medieval sculptures of the Knights of Old England. In 1933 the United Daughters of the Confederacy were granted permission to display original Army of Northern Virginia battle flags with the sculpture. Two brass standards holding eight original flags and later exact reproductions would be part of General Robert E. Lee's memorial for over 80 years. Today General Lee's spirit can still be felt there, along with the soldiers who served with him.
Our friends at D&K Prints, Debi and Kent Robinson, have the painting/prints available for order: http://dandkprints.com/new_release (770) 296-2242