Quote of the Week: January 4-10, 2015

For this week’s quote we go back in time to 1869, when the president of Washington College, Robert E. Lee, sat down to reply to a letter from the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association. The association had asked him to join in an effort to memorialize the field with monuments to those who had fought there. Lee declined, adding:

I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered.

Those people who plan to travel to Lexington, Virginia, this coming week to honor Robert E. Lee should keep what Lee said in mind. Not that they would be the first to ignore the wishes of someone they claim to honor. The same holds true for the first effort to erect a monument to Lee on the battlefield. Eventually, of course, Virginia honored its general, and every year thousands of people gather there to embark upon a walk across the very same fields where Confederates charged on July 3, 1863.

10 thoughts on “Quote of the Week: January 4-10, 2015

  1. Brad January 11, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Do you think that was just his way of saying that he didn’t want to be bothered with a battlefield where he had suffered a defeat and might have reacted differently at a battlefield where he had been victorious.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 11, 2015 / 12:01 pm

      I think he might have felt differently about a war where he was victorious. But I don’t know. He was the one who said that if war wasn’t so terrible, people would grow too fond of it, which I have always seen as a self-aware statement.

  2. John Foskett January 11, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    That’s not the only sentiment of Lee’s which these characters ignore. There is, for example, his letter to his son dated 1/23/61.

  3. jason sulser January 12, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Your opinion on General Lee’s thoughts are totally irrelevant as you have openly showed your disdain and bias against all things southern. You have nothing more then an agenda that is misguided and uneducated. General Lee’s quote, ” It is well that war is so terrible, as we should grow to fond of it”, was in relation to his one sided victory at Fredericksburg. He could clearly see how someone could crave the power of war when an enemy is so easily beat. Due to the needless slaughter and total incompetence of General Burnside, it allowed Lee to make this viewpoint. General Lee could have been a bitter, uneducated, instigator, like yourself, but chose otherwise. The war was over and General Lee did his part to promote peace and tolerance of one another. He never tried to keep wounds of war open or slander the opposition. Something you clearly enjoy doing. You know full well the VA flaggers are not a hate filled group and have no ties to any such groups. It consists of everyday American citizens that will not allow you or your kind to slander or distort the actual goal of the group. It is quite simply to honor the brave men of the CSA and the south and to educate folks like yourself. Shame on you sir for letting your hatred and bias on the subject to allow you to make false claims and outright lies. For the record, the American citizens showing up to Lexington to honor General Lee do not need your guidance on how to behave. There has never been one issue at such an event. No one will be rioting or looting or burning down the town as we see from other groups throughout the nation.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 13, 2015 / 12:12 am

      I am sure you believe what you say. Nevertheless, General Lee’s words stand.

      Too bad about your Cowboys. Well, not really.

    • Andy Hall January 13, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      “You know full well the VA flaggers are not a hate filled group and have no ties to any such groups.”

      I noticed in another thread, the Virginia Flaggers — including Susan Hathaway, Tripp Lewis, Billy Bearden, and Karen Cooper — marching with another member of the group who is carrying a sign that reads, “Tear Down the Rag,” in reference to the U.S. flag. I don’t know many “everyday American citizens” who share that view, or would willingly be associated with it.

    • John Foskett January 13, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Read Lee’s letter to his son. Yep – he wrote it.

  4. Brooks D. Simpson January 18, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Demonstrating his serious emotional and intellectual shortcomings once more, Hey Arnold fanboy Carl Roden observed that I “obviously … read that bogus article from Daily Beast, one of the most useless publications on the web. Not one original idea in his comments at all, everything taken from at silly, factually erroneous article.”

    Goodness, Carl, you might do some more research of your own–namely the links provided. The Daily Beast article appeared on January 15 … see the problem in what passes for logic in your world? Note when my blog came out. How stupid are you, Carl? Then again, given Chastain’s admitted plagiarism, perhaps that’s the way you assume everyone goes about their business. Lord knows what you use in fashioning your tales about a cartoon character’s sex life.

    I read the article, as anyone who reads this blog knows from another post, as well as Kevin Levin’s commentary on it. Then again, I also read this:

    Carl Roden, Sexual Pervert

    You are a semiliterate sexual miscreant who is confused about gender. What a sweet southern boy you must be. Now run to Momma Chastain and Auntie Hathaway. You might want to wonder what the folks at the library where you work think about how you express yourself. Ask them.🙂

    (That Chastain did not correct him suggest she isn’t very bright, either, but then we know that already.)

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