Robert E. Lee/ A.P. Hill 2012


Talk about a ticket I would vote for. Here is a historical message brought to you by The Hillbilly.

A graduate of West Point, A.P. Hill served in the U.S. Army in the antebellum period, fighting in the Mexican War and in the Seminole Wars. On the eve of the Civil War, he resigned his commission to fight for his home state of Virginia. Known as “Little Powell,” Hill rose through the ranks to command of the famous “Light Division.” He rescued Lee’s Army at Sharpsburg, resplendent in a red battle shirt. Among the most promising of Lee’s commanders, serious illness prevented him from reaching his full potential. Nevertheless, Powell was killed a week before Appomattox, in command of one-third of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Both Lee and Jackson called for A.P. Hill with their dying breaths.

http://www.aphillcsa.goellnitz.org/index.html

Robert E. Lee returned to Richmond as a paroled prisoner of war, and submitted with the utmost composure to an altered destiny. He devoted the rest of his life to setting an example of conduct for other thousands of ex-Confederates. He refused a number of offers which would have secured substantial means for his family. Instead, he assumed the presidency of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia, and his reputation revitalized the school after the war. Lee’s enormous wartime prestige, both in the North and South, and the devotion inspired by his unconscious symbolism of the “Lost Cause” made his a legendary figure even before his death. He died on October 12 1870, of heart disease which had plagued him since the spring of 1863, at Lexington, Va. and is buried there. Somehow, his application for restoration of citizenship was mislaid, and it was not until the 1970’s that it was found and granted.

http://www.civilwarhome.com/leebio.htm

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. neenergyobserver
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 13:32:39

    Amazing, honorable men weren’t they. You picked one of my favorites from all history in Lee, and one I don’t know as much about as I should.

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    • The Conservative Hill Billy
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 13:34:35

      He was an amzing man. Somewhere oin this blog I have posted a letter he had written discussing his hatred for slavery.

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      • neenergyobserver
        Mar 19, 2012 @ 14:01:21

        Although not on your site, I have read that letter. It’s also interesting that the Confederacy abolished slavery before the United States did. As to Lee, somewhere I read that he considered himself, if anything, the earthly representative of Washington, if so he did his mentor proud.

        His views on slavery resemble both Washington and Jefferson as well. These are men, who with Abraham Lincoln probably believed it was no better to be a master, thn to be a slave.

      • The Conservative Hill Billy
        Mar 19, 2012 @ 14:19:33

        People don’t realize the times these great men grew up in. It is easy to Monday arm chair qb from over two hundred years in the future. These guys truly thought “outside of the box.”

  2. Carl D'Agostino
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 13:34:38

    IN ALL IF HISTORY I CAN’T LIST A MORE NOBLE EXAMPLE OF DIGNITY AND GRACE IN DEFEAT. IS IT ANY EASIER TO ACT THAT WAY WHEN THE CAUSE WAS DOOMED FROM THE BEGINNING OR IS THIS THE CONDUCT OF A WINDMILLS JOUSTER?

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