Salute to the General..

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by beltcutter, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. beltcutter

    beltcutter Well-Known Member

  2. flintknapper

    flintknapper Moderator/smokepole pimp

    Is it Bob's birthday again? :biggrin: How many does this make??

  3. reflex1

    reflex1 Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter! He gets one per year just like you! :smack:

    Oh yes - Happy Birthday General Lee!
  4. Mule man

    Mule man Well-Known Member

    A true patriot and gentleman. I salute!
  5. BuzzBait

    BuzzBait Well-Known Member

    Now thats what I'm talking about....My granddads name was Robert E. Lee...:wink:
  6. possum

    possum Moderator<br>2011-12 Deer Hunting Contest Winner<b

    I believe I'll take off work Monday in his honor. :thumb:
  7. BuzzBait

    BuzzBait Well-Known Member

    NOW THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!:thumb: :thumb:
  8. M1Tommy

    M1Tommy Well-Known Member

    Yep, today would have been his 200th birthday. He was a man the likes of which our country really needs nowadays.

    A group to which I belong uses aA portrait of General Lee as the center image of our Members' patch.

    Here are a couple good sites for info. are below, although the second one doesn't work at times.

    That is what Monday's holiday is for isn't it?!? the General.htm

    Photo of me, patch showing pretty well through the windshield:
  9. Whassa name of the group M1?
  10. Hip

    Hip Well-Known Member

    I missed the Robert E. Lee parade today in Cabot.

    Happy Bday Gen. Lee
  11. M1Tommy

    M1Tommy Well-Known Member

    "Brotherhood of the Grey Beard Bikers"!!!! :thumb:

  12. jimmyh

    jimmyh Well-Known Member

    Salute, and happy b-day
  13. Bruin

    Bruin Well-Known Member

    Happy Birthday to my Ancestor, General Robert E. Lee!

    "With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword....." Lee in a letter to his sister, April 20, 1861

    Robert Edward Lee

    (1807-1870), American soldier, general in the Confederate States army, was the youngest son of major-general Henry Lee, called " Light Horse Harry." He was born at Stratford, Westmoreland county, Virginia, on the 19th of January 1807, and entered West Point in 1825. Graduating four years later second in his class, he was given a commission in the U.S. Engineer Corps. In 1831 he married Mary, daughter of G. W. P. Custis, the adopted son of Washington and the grandson of Mrs. Washington. In 1836 he became first lieutenant, and in 1838 captain. In this rank he took part in the Mexican War, repeatedly winning distinction for conduct and bravery. He received the brevets of major for Cerro Gordo, lieut.-colonel for Contreras-Churubusco and colonel for Chapultepec.

    Robert E. Lee

    Later in Life

    After the war he was employed in engineer work at Washington and Baltimore, during which time, as before the war, he resided on the great Arlington estate, near Washington, which had come to him through his wife. In 1852 he was appointed superintendent of West Point, and during his three years here he carried out many important changes in the academy. Under him as cadets were his son G. W. Custis Lee, his nephew, Fitzhugh Lee and J. E. B. Stuart, all of whom became general officers in the Civil War. In 1855 he was appointed as lieut.-colonel to the 2nd Cavalry, commanded by Colonel Sidney Johnston, with whom he served against the Indians of the Texas border. In 1859, while at Arlington on leave, he was summoned to command the United States troops sent to deal with the John Brown raid on Harper's Ferry. In March 1861 he was made colonel of the 1st U.S. Cavalry; but his career in the old army ended with the secession of Virginia in the following month. Lee was strongly averse to secession, but felt obliged to conform to the action of his own state. The Federal authorities offered Lee the command of the field army about to invade the South, which he refused. Resigning his commission, he made his way to Richmond and was at once made a major-general in the Virginian forces. A few weeks later he became a brigadier-general (then the highest rank) in the Confederate service.

    The military operations with which the great Civil War opened in 1861 were directed by President Davis and General Lee. Lee was personally in charge of the unsuccessful West Virginian operations in the autumn, and, having been made a full general on the 31st of August, during the winter he devoted his experience as an engineer to the fortification and general defense of the Atlantic coast. Thence, when the well-drilled Army of the Potomac was about to descend upon Richmond, he was hurriedly recalled to Richmond. General Johnston was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines) on the 31st of May 1862, and General Robert E. Lee was assigned to the command of the famous Army of Northern Virginia which for the next three years " carried the rebellion on its bayonets." Little can be said of Lee's career as a commander-in-chief that is not an integral part of the history of the Civil War. His first success was the " Seven Days' Battle " in which he stopped McClellan's advance; this was quickly followed up by the crushing defeat of the Federal army under Pope, the invasion of Maryland and the sanguinary and indecisive battle of the Antietam. The year ended with another great victory at Fredericksburg. Chancellorsville, won against odds of two to one, and the great three days' battle of Gettysburg, where for the first time fortune turned decisively against the Confederates, were the chief events of 1863. In the autumn Lee fought a war of maneuver against General Meade. The tremendous struggle of 1864 between Lee and Grant included the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor and the long siege of Petersburg , in which, almost invariably, Lee was locally successful. But the steady pressure of his unrelenting opponent slowly wore down his strength. At last with not more than one man to oppose to Grant's three he was compelled to break out of his Petersburg lines (April 1865). A series of heavy combats revealed his purpose, and Grant pursued the dwindling remnants of Lee's army to the westward. Headed off by the Federal cavalry, and pressed closely in rear by Grant's main body, General Lee had no alternative but to surrender. At Appomattox Court House, on the 9th of April, the career of the Army of Northern Virginia came to an end. Lee's farewell order was issued on the following day, and within a few weeks the Confederacy was at an end. For a few months Lee lived quietly in Powhatan county, making his formal submission to the Federal authorities and urging on his own people acceptance of the new conditions. In August he was offered, and accepted, the presidency of Washington College, Lexington (now Washington and Lee University), a post which he occupied until his death on the 12th of October 1870 He was buried in the college grounds.

    By his achievements he won a high place amongst the great generals of history. - Though hampered by lack of materials and by political necessities, his strategy was daring always, and he never hesitated to take the gravest risks. On the field of battle he was as energetic in attack as he was constant in defense, and his personal influence over the men whom he led was extraordinary. No student of the American Civil War can fail to notice how the influence of Lee dominated the course of the struggle, and his surpassing ability was never more conspicuously shown than in the last hopeless stages of the contest. The personal history of Lee is lost in the history of the great crisis of America's national life; friends and foes alike acknowledged the purity of his motives, the virtues of his private life, his earnest Christianity and the unrepining loyalty with which he accepted the ruin of his party.

  14. flintknapper

    flintknapper Moderator/smokepole pimp

    Nicely done, Mr. Bruin. Thanks for sharing that!
  15. beltcutter

    beltcutter Well-Known Member

    Lee wrote on January 5, 1866: "All that the South has ever desired was that the Union as established by our fathers should be preserved, and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth." Six months later he wrote: "I had no other guide, nor had I any other object than the defense of those principles of American liberty upon which the constitutions of the several States were originally founded, and unless they are strictly observed I fear there will be an end of Republican government in this country."

    A prophetic statement indeed. Our forefather's form of republican government is over. Democracy equals mob rule.

  16. M1Tommy

    M1Tommy Well-Known Member

    We aren't quite there yet, but way too many are listening to the populist blatherings nowadays, who would "lead" us to mob rule, i.e. a democracy, which DOES lead to a tyranny.