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Gen. Lee admired, respected

That a letter to the editor noting the birthday of that good and decent man, Robert E. Lee, should draw vitriolic printed fire to The Union’s editorial page is indication of the incredible polarity growing in this country.

Most historians agree the American civil war was a struggle between two economic entities with slavery as minor a political issue as tea was in the Revolution.

Much of Lee’s military career was spent as an engineer and as superintendent of West Point. When war came, he agonized over Lincoln’s offer of commander in chief of the Union army, but in the end Lee, who had freed the slaves he inherited, would not turn against his own people.

Admired and respected by his opponents,he was revered by his own troops.

Most importantly, after the war, while president of what was later renamed Washington and Lee College, Robert E. Lee used his considerable influence to oppose the bitterness that existed throughout the country. His was a voice of reason and forgiveness. Would that we had such a good and reasonable soul among us now to decry the growing hatred and divisiveness in our country today.

Holly Irons


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