Robert E. Lee
Fought For: Confederacy
Born: January 19,
Died: October 12, 1870
Horses: Traveller, Lucy Long, Richmond
Notable Robert E. Lee Quotes
"The trite saying
that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest
man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy."
"We must expect
reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to
prevent our falling into greater disasters."
"Whiskey - I like
it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it."
"Get correct views
of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good,
and, when summoned away, to leave without regret."
"I can only say
that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation."
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we
should grow too fond if it." (said after the Battle of
Other Interesting Facts About Robert E. Lee
It was not a forgone conclusion that Robert E.Lee would command
the Confederate States Army. In many ways he sympathized with the North. He considered slavery wrong and supported
the preservation of the Union.
In fact, just three months before the war began, he wrote a letter
to his son where he said "I can anticipate of no greater calamity for the country than the dissolution of the
Union.", yet he turned down Lincoln's offer to command Union forces. In the end, his loyalty to the state of
Virginia was stronger than his loyalty to the Union.