January 19… Birthday of General Robert E. Lee


USS Robert E. Lee SSBN 601

Of all of the leaders in American Military History, very few reach the standard set by Robert E. Lee. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Lee was one of the most sought after men on both sides of the coming conflict. It is to his credit that he felt such a strong devotion to his native state that he made what had to be a difficult decision.

I am writing this on the morning of July 3rd in Pennsylvania. The morning is humid and warm despite the early hour. It is similar to that morning in July of 1863 when Lee was about to commit his forces in one of the biggest gambles of the war. For two days, his forces had seen victories tempered with stalemates. Despite the spirit and fire of his troops, the Union forces had doggedly held onto…

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