I never knew anything about Robert E. Lee.
I kept seeing in the news that they are taking his name off schools and destroying his statues.
I decided I wanted to know the facts about Lee, so I ordered a book - a biography of Robert E. Lee.
The book is more than 700 pages. That is usually too much for me, but I am forcing myself to read it. I’m up to page No. 230.
I am surprised by what is in this book. Lee was not just a good man and citizen, but very good.
Lee’s parents owned slaves when he was born, so this life was normal for him. His father was friends with George Washington, and Washington owned slaves.
Lee graduated second in his class at West Point, and he was the first to graduate with zero demerits.
From what I am reading, Lee was exceptional at everything.
I am 100 percent against slavery. Lee was for emancipation. He was willing to give up slavery, but the country could not agree on what to do with the slaves - kind of like illegal immigrants today.
Abolitionists wanted the slaves freed, but had no plan. Some who supported emancipation wanted to humanely ship slaves back to their homelands.
Slaves were property of slave-owners, and the owner was taxed on slaves, just like everything else he owned. Some slave-owners paid out of their own pocket to send their slaves back to their homeland.
I know of no wealthy people today that would do that.
Some slaves were slaves before plantation owners bought them.
Lee was not about slavery.
In addition, I received my “AAA Texas” magazine recently. A day trip to Amarillo was included.
We seem to be very proud of Cadillac Ranch at the edge of town. It does not make sense to badmouth Lee and yet brag about Cadillac Ranch. Think about it.