Liberals are looking to erase Confederate General Robert E Lee from history by destroying his monuments. Amusingly enough, Robert E. Lee agreed, Confederate monuments are not a good idea.
Whatever you think of the efficacy of leaving memorials that have been up in many cases for 100 years already, when they were just starting to be built, former C.S. commanding general, Robert E. Lee felt that erecting monuments to the lost cause only made the job of reuniting the country all the harder.
For instance, in an 1866 letter to former C.S. General Thomas Rosser, Lee advised against the then growing trend of erecting monuments to the Confederacy.
“As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated; my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; & of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour,” Lee wrote.
Lee also visited the topic in 1869, the year before he died.
“I think it wiser, moreover, 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,” Lee said of a proposed monument in Pennsylvania to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg.
So, if you are against these statues today, no less than Robert E. Lee agrees with you.
Of course, there is a problem with simply relying on Lee’s sentiment of 150 years ago. The monuments he thought were a bad idea have now been in place for 80 to 130 years at this point.
These monuments are part of our culture now, not a proposal. So, eliminating them now is a far different proposition than stopping them from being erected in 1869.
Still, it is interesting to see what Marse Lee thought of the whole thing.
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