Saturday, January 19, 2008
Today we feature a portrait of General Robert E. Lee, Confederate States Army. This is one of my favorite portraits of Lee. It was taken several days after his surrender at Appomattox. It is the last portrait of him in a Military Uniform. Robert E. Lee was born on this day, January 19, in the year 1807. This date is celebrated throughout the south to this day. In some states it is an unofficial holiday, and some states have even made it an official holiday.
My favorite Lee story is centered around the Battle of Fredericksburg. General Burnside, who was in command of the Union forces, made some terrible strategic mistakes leading up to the battle. Lee, the consummate strategist, exploited these mistakes, and Confederate forces were able to inflict terrible losses on the enemy. As Lee watched the Confederate victory unfold he stated, "It is well that war is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it."