Hello readers, I am happy to report that the annual Robert E. Lee birthday celebration at the First White House of the Confederacy, held Monday, January 19, 2015, was a great success! We had a fine crowd, including lots of children, and everyone had a good time.

The Honorable Mark Anderson, our speaker, made an important talk, emphasizing Lee’s  great challenge to his soldiers, with these words: “You cannot barter manhood for peace, nor the right of self-government for life or property…Let us then oppose constancy to adversity, fortitude to suffering, and courage to danger, with the firm assurance that He who gave freedom to our fathers will bless the efforts of their children to preserve it.”

The Judge ended his remarks by saying: “…as we remember and honor Robert E. Lee, the great Virginian, the great Southerner, the great American, the great man, let our response be that of Isaiah (Old Testament prophet) who said ‘Here I am. Send me’.”