NEWSFLASH FOR Al Mackey—
you attempt to make Robert E. Lee out to be some big Confederate slave owner fighting to preserve the institution of slavery. You do this by not stating all of the facts and out and out twisting history
Gen. Robert E. LEE inherited his slaves in 1857. At that time he was in the United States army. He freed his slaves on December 29, 1862, before the Emancipation Proclamation. Robert E. Lee owned slaves for a total of 5 years. A total of eleven were hired out, this is according to http://www.nps.gov/arho/historyculture/slavery.htm. Inheritance and legal proceedings were the reason R.E.Lee owned slaves in the first place and also the reason he owned then for the time period stated.
Your posted letter from Robert E. Lee to James A. Seddon, I believe that you may have first read it on Kevin Levin’s blog. You say this letter is proof positive that “Robert E. Lee saying that he and the other confederates are fighting to maintain the institution of slavery” —-
<strong>“In view of the vast increase of the forces of the enemy, of the savage and brutal policy he has proclaimed, which leaves us no alternative but success or degradation worse than death, if we would save the honor of our families from pollution, our social system from destruction, let every effort be made, every means be employed, to fill and maintain the ranks of our armies, until God, in His mercy, shall bless us with the establishment of our independence.” [R. E. Lee to James Seddon, 10 Jan 1863]
You will certainly play with words to support your agenda, I’ll give you that. I should remind you that Lee was not a policy maker for the Confederate government, and there is absolutely no way he could know what every Confederate soldier was fighting for. Too I must remind you that a Yankee fighting “for the Union” was fighting for the preservation of slavery since slavery was legal in the “Union” At any rate there is quite a discussion at http://cwmemory.com/2011/11/18/robert-e-lee-on-robert-h-milroy-or-emancipation/ One John Cummings is having a field day there. Kevin Levin is “yes buttin’” himself to death but offers up very little historical fact I notice you are absent from that discussion.
Perhaps you should add you two cents of knowledge? Or you can come here, that would be interesting.