On Jan 19th we celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday at the FWH. We invite the public to come for a brief ceremony with speaker and then we serve birthday cake. Lee is among the most celebrated generals in American history, equally admired because of his Christian character as well as his military prowess.
Lee wrote these words to his wife from Fredericksburg on Christmas Day 1862. “I will commence this holy day, dearest Mary, by writing to you. My heart is filled with gratitude to Almighty God for His unspeakable mercies with which He has blessed us in this day…what would have become of us without His crowning help and protection? …I pray that, on this day when only peace and goodwill are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace…My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.”
Let me recommend the most celebrated biography of Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman. Dr. Freeman was the great uncle of our fifth Regent, Cameron Freeman Napier. It should be in every one’s library. Likewise
Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command also by Douglas Southall Freeman in three volumes.
Volume One: Manassas to Malvern Hill .
Volume Two: Cedar Mountain to Chancellorsville;
Volume Three: Gettysburg to Appomattox
Happy reading!!! And please join us on Jan 19 to celebrate R.E. Lee’s birthday and to kick-off the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.