I Feel His Pain…

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though I am not quite sure whether it’s Al’s or Robert E. Lee’s.  Click here when you are finished crying.

Update: Just a few of the sources that Al Stone uses to interpret R.E. Lee.

Gods and Generals by Jeff Sharra

Killer Angels
by Michael Sharra

The Last Full Measure
by Jeff Sharra

The South was Right
by James & Walter Kennedy

A view of the Constitution of the United States of America
by William Rawle

When in the Course of Human Events
by Charles Adams

Republic of Republics
by Bernard J. Sage

Anyone surprised?

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  1. Per your instructions, I clicked when I was finished crying, and now I want to make a comment about your post regarding Lee’s decision to resign from the Army and accept a commission from Virginia.

    I sympathize with your efforts to bring more balance to the historical consideration of this moment; I even sympathize with your tendency to chide men like Al Stone for their myth-steeped take on the Civil War.

    But with the name of your blog in mind, I’m wondering if you could take the discussion a step further: What does this “rewriting” of Lee’s decision say about how and why we remember the Civil War?

    Perhaps we are too quick to turn to “honor” as an explanation, but don’t we have a cultural (and for a time even political) need to exonerate Lee? To bring him back into the American fold by not judging his decision too harshly, by not — as unnamed critics do in the newspaper article you link to — calling him a traitor?

    The myth of Lee may be bad history but it’s also played an important role in putting the country back together again.

    I know there are all sorts of caveats and potential objections to that last statement, so I’m curious to know what you think.

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