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Alabama designates Monday, January 15, as a holiday in honor of America’s greatest commander: General Robert E. Lee.
September, 1862, after several of General Lee’s amazing victories, the “London Times” wrote:
“The people of the Confederate States have made themselves famous. If the renown of brilliant courage, stern devotion to a cause, and military achievements almost without parallel, can compensate men for the toil and privations of the hour, then the countrymen of Lee and Jackson may be consoled amid their sufferings. From all parts of Europe comes the tribute of admiration. The details of extraordinary national effort, which has led to the repulse of an invading force of more than half a million men, will become known to the world.”
Lee, who owned no slaves, would eventually surrender his barefooted, starving Confederate soldiers to General Grant, who owned four slaves during Lincoln’s Tax War, but was exempt from Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Grant’s ownership of slaves is another nail in the coffin of modern myths about a war over slavery.
Lincoln told Congress on July 4, 1861: “My policy sought ONLY to collect the revenue,” a 40% import tax from southerners to subsidize giant Wall Street industries.
In 1861, Lincoln’s invading tax collectors stole and looted General Lee’s home at Arlington, Virginia.
December 20, 2023, Congress removed the large 110-year-old Confederate Soldiers Monument at Arlington.
Nevertheless, Lee’s home at Arlington is still designated “The Robert E. Lee Memorial,” although threatened by extremists in Congress.
Roger K. Broxton
President of the Confederate Heritage Fund