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See What Robert E. Lee Wrote About Confederate Monuments

by Bradley Matthews

Although Confederate monuments are becoming ever more controversial, the issue has been debated since the immediate aftermath of the Civil War.

Gen. Robert E. Lee himself wrote in 1866, after being asked about a possible monument to Gen. Stonewall Jackson, that “As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated, my conviction is that the attempt would have the effect of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labor.”

Gen. Robert E. Lee followed up on this sentiment in 1869, writing “I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”

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Comments


  1. Margaret

    Vandalism can never be tolerated

    August 27, 2017,3:30 pm


  2. Margaret

    Hate groups are just that, hate groups for hates’ sake. Although they have a marker in mans’ history, and probibly ever will, lets not confuse the issue between them and created pillars of mention.

    August 27, 2017,3:26 pm


  3. Margaret

    I look at the statues as works of art. If no longer wanted where they stand then move them someplace more acceptable such as an historical park. The individuals are not represented for one particular view point but for thier total contribution to history. Slave ownership was practiced the world over and all ethnicities succumbed. The practice did not represent hate but rather control and a flawed sense of superiority and forced servitude , ecconomic convenience withon a pool of natural talent and capabilities
    We have evolved in the area of forced servitude.

    August 27, 2017,3:20 pm


  4. Brenda Hatfield

    This is a trump site also, so it is NOT accurately reflecting the feelings of more than half of the USA, which is TEAR THEM DOWN AND CONDEMN KKK, NEO-NAZIS AND RACISM

    August 21, 2017,5:18 pm


  5. Brenda Hatfield

    And you have people like Janet E. Burgess preaching when she can’t even spell correctly. We are not talking about erasing history honey. History will always be there, and it should be taught in schools and museums about the EVILS OF RACISM AND THE CIVIL WAR AND WHY THE MONUMENTS WERE ERECTED IN THE FIRST PLACE, WHICH WAS EVERY TIME BLACK PEOPLE GAINED CIVIL RIGHTS, RACIST WHITE MEN HAD TO PUT UP MONUMENTS OF TRAITORS, AND THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE. HERE IS ROBERT E. LEE’S DIRECT QUOTE ABOUT THIS: “I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war; follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife.” So tear them down, and continue the ACCURATE education about the Civil War

    August 21, 2017,5:16 pm


  6. Brenda Hatfield

    Joseph, that’s NOT what taking down the monuments is about. Anyone supporting American TRAITORS being glorified is a racist, that the bottom line

    August 21, 2017,5:12 pm


  7. Joseph

    Changing the scenery does NOT change what happened there.

    August 19, 2017,7:49 pm


  8. Janet E Burgess

    I agree leave are history alone!! people who are of true faith- secure – have a life- & a job- family- really don’t have time to go around & destroying our country! But also were not on the payroll either. If you think for one min any hard working adult with a day off is going to take their spare buck to make a total ass out of them selves think again!! The polits State – or federal – don’t want to nor never have wanted to do their job- they straddle the fence to gather the votes on both sides of their party. Their secure- job- pension- health care – do you really think they give a damn about the American family who’s taxes support their dead ASS.–. They can’t stand OUR PRESIDENT 1# HE’S A WORKER- 2# HE CAN’T BE BOUGHT! GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT -VICE PRESIDENT- HIS CABINET & THEIR FAMILIES. ALSO THE FEW SENATORS- CONGRESS- GOV’S WHO CAN MAKE A DECISION ON THEIR OWN. LIKE STAND ON THEIR OWN 2 FEET… GET OUT OF THE GRAMMA SCHOOL PLAY GROUND WHERE YOU NEED THE APPROVAL OF ALL THE KIDDIES OR WHAT! THEY WON’T LET YOU PLAY WITH THEM. YOU ARE OUR PRESIDENT- SPEAK YOUR MIND- KEEP ON TWEETING- GET OUT & MEET YOUR PUBLIC- RALLY- AND SURE AS HELL GO TO ANY RESIDENCE- VACATION SPOT- BUSINESS THAT YOU BUILT ANY DAMN TIME YOU & YOUR FAMILY WANT. YOU EARN IT- YOU BUILT IT. YOU DIDN’T NEED SOME YAPPERS APPROVAL- SURELY NOT THE D S NEWS MEDIA PERMISSION- MUST BE ALL THOSE MILLIONS YOU HAVEN’T SPENT ON THOSE STUPID DC GALLA PARTYS- WHO GETS A INVITE & WHO DOESN’T!! YOU ALSO DIDN’T HAVE TO START A FOUNDATION ( SO YOU COULD RETIRE IN COMFORT YOU MADE YOUR OWN MONEY MEOWWWWW) TO FLEECE THE POOR AMERICAN LAMB. DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU WHAT TO SAY OR HOW TO THINK! THEIR NEVER GOING TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NEVER HAVE NEVER WILL. THEY WORK FOR THE BETTER OF THEM SELVES. LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMAN SAID ” KNOW NOTHING DO NOTHING CONGRESS” THE ONLY DIFFERENCE THEY DIDN’T LIVE IN 600,000 – 400,000,000 HOMES ON 180,000 A YR. GOD BLESS AMERICA GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN WORKING PEOPLE!!!

    August 19, 2017,5:16 pm


  9. Kate

    Leave them alone You can not remove history.

    August 19, 2017,2:01 pm


  10. Lazaro Jordan

    I agree with other comments to leave the history and monuments as it is. It would not help the education of new generations of American citizens to forgot or ignore their country’s history. The monuments should be left alone and please not try to imitate the Cultural Revolution in China, or what ISIS is doing know to their historic monuments, most of them a patrimony of Humanity. Aren’t we more civilized than them?

    August 19, 2017,1:31 pm


  11. Birdy

    Leave the old ones alone. Make the new ones without faces and figures and not dedicated to people.

    August 18, 2017,8:47 pm


  12. M Hanson

    Leave the History alone. They are all filled with lessons.

    August 18, 2017,4:13 pm


  13. Palmer

    Leave all in place

    August 18, 2017,11:52 am


  14. Diane Hamp

    I agree with Debra Younts. The statues and monuments need to stay, no discussion.

    August 18, 2017,11:34 am


  15. Debra Younts

    The Civil War was not fought over slavery. Gen. Lee never owned slaves. But this war cannot be changed no more than other wars . These (mostly children) know nothing of History, (the Civil War, Vietnam, Korean, WWI, WWII). These statues and monuments need to stay. All of these things are a part of my history. It should not be up for debate!

    August 17, 2017,11:13 pm


  16. Darlene Bradley

    I think the monuments should be..placed. in museums. so that those who choose to ponder the history of those times may do so. Robert E.. Lee was. right.

    August 17, 2017,9:56 pm


  17. David Freeze

    Sorry you were right ..it’s 11.

    August 17, 2017,7:05 pm


  18. David Freeze

    Michael..it was 13 states…not 11

    August 17, 2017,6:58 pm


  19. michael zitterman

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-trump-struggles-understand-about-confederate-statues

    The author, Steve Benen, appears ignorant insofar as the Civil War was fought over the right of 11 Southern States to secede from the Union.
    The southern military was fighting for the right of those southern states to secede, thus the statues should offer a sense of our history regarding that effort.
    Any suggestion that these generals were evil should be characterized as a skewed sad commentary.
    Did those states have the right to secede? Does California have the right to secede?

    President Trump did not make a moral equivalence of the sides involved. He offered that both sides participated in a stupid fight.
    Fortunately or unfortunately, we have the First Amendment, which allows people to speak stupidly and speaking stupidly should not enable others to interfere with such speech using belligerent physical means.

    What would Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi (interesting that he and his wife, Kasturba, were both 14 when married) have done?

    Michael Zitterman
    mikiesmoky@aol.com
    08/17/2017

    August 17, 2017,6:04 pm


  20. Voncile Stone

    They hate and division driving the removal of these monuments will not be satisfied until all American history is destroyed! That is the real goal!

    August 17, 2017,5:41 pm


  21. Ron

    Leave all memorials.. and remove congress

    August 17, 2017,5:36 pm


  22. Jane

    DO NOT REMOVE THE CIVIL WAR STATUES.

    August 17, 2017,4:58 pm


  23. Robert Hellen

    I think the destruction of the civil war statues should be put to a vote of the people. The statues do not singly belong to the blacks or the whites but to everyone.

    August 17, 2017,4:50 pm


  24. Bob Uda

    Eventually, they will be tearing down Mount Rushmore.

    August 17, 2017,3:59 pm

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