Well maybe, maybe not. Al Mackey makes a compelling argument that he wasn’t at https://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/william-mack-lee-a-black-confederate/
Before I make any comments I want to remind everyone that this is the same Al Mackey that gloats every time a Confederate symbol, monument or name comes under attack. This is the same Al Mackey who doesn’t believe there was such things as Negro Confederates. This is the same Al Mackey who is a bigot, one who hates anything Confederate, and his blog is full of attacks that reflects those feelings.
What Mackey has down has taken a book that was surely written by someone else, which is obvious if you read the book, more than likely relating the story in 1918, of a an old man born in 1835. We have no knowledge how much this person knows about the war, or the generals who served. We are not sure of anything about this writer.
The dates make him 73 at the time of copyright. Mr. Lee has a minimal education, page 4 “At the close of the war I did not know A from B, although I had been preaching two years before the war.” Surely at his age his memory is going, more than likely he gets names and places confused and yes I am sure he wants attention enough to embellish his story somewhat.
On the other hand Al Mackey, judging by his photo on his blog, is a reasonably young man, appears to be in good health and is highly educated. In fact he claims to be a historian at Virginia tech. Each and every one of the posters who commented on Mackey’s blog claims to be educated, at least more than William Mack lee. All toe the line that W.M.Lee could not have served Gen. R. E. Lee. At a glance I see where none dispute his claim of being a Negro Confederate.
Moving on in Mackey’s blog post Mackey said– And how many guns fired a salute for Lee’s surrender? None.
Did I miss something? I cannot find where W.M. Lee made such a claim. In fact the statement I find is this on page 3—- “first battle of Manassas, second battle of Manassas and was there at the fire of the last gun for the salute of the surrender on Sunday, April 9, 9 o’clock, A. M., at Appomattox, 1865.” Do you think maybe at least one Confederate fired his weapon in celebration maybe several others joined in and this could be what Mr. Lee witnessed?
So Mackey with your health and education how do you make such a mistake?
Fact # 8: Union troops saluted their former enemies at the surrender ceremony.
The surrender was a highly emotional affair for the participants, many of whom had been fighting for four years. Soldiers on both sides cheered and cried – often at the same time – upon hearing the news.
The formal ceremony and collection of weapons took place on April 12 under the supervision of Brig. Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. As ranks of Confederate soldiers came forward to hand over their weapons and flags, Chamberlain ordered his men to salute their defeated adversaries as a gesture of respect. Other witnesses also reported that interactions between Yankees and Rebels were almost entirely kind and friendly.
I see no point in addressing the remainder of Mackey’s attacks on Mr. Lee since I have shown Mackey’s true colors. I do want to address this statement Mackey made– historically ignorant racist confederate heritage people today with this
Mackey anytime you wish to prove my ignorance you are welcome to come here and try. All we have to do is look at your blog with ignorant bigoted ranting to figure out he is the most ignorant. As to your racism charge would you care to compare racism under the US Flag vs The CSA Flag. I bet you won’t take that challenge either..