General Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee is no doubt one of the most respected figures to ever walk the stage of human history. He was loved by his soldiers, revered by his peers, respected by his enemies, and even his former slaves and servants cherished the time they were given to be with him. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was so respected that President Abraham Lincoln offered him the position of Commander of the Union Forces. Lee’s response was that he would not take sides in
Early one winter morning, a young Robert E. Lee was on a walk. Snow had fallen the night before & a blanket of it covered his path. On his walk, he heard small footsteps behind him. He turned around & saw his small son Custis following. Custis was struggling to ensure each step of his landed in a footprint of his father. "When I saw this," Lee told one of his friends afterwards, "I said to myself, ’it behooves me to walk very straight when this fellow is already following in my tracks.’"
Lee to Davis regarding the loss at Gettysburg Mr. President Your note of the 27 enclosing a slip from the Charleston Mercury relative to the battle of Gettysburg is received. I much regret its general censure upon the operations of the army, as it is calculated to do us no good either at home or abroad. But I am prepared for similar criticism & as far as I am concerned the remarks fall harmless.
Robert E. Lee. The personification of the perfect Southern gentleman. Lee may not have been the greatest of the generals but his charisma made him a hero to his armies and an American icon. In the War Between the States, both sides awarded him the highest regard.
"What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world! I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace.…My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men." R. E. Lee 1862