Saturday, July 2, 2011

A little more of Robert E. Lee

In 1856, Robert E. Lee was serving in the US Army and was unable to be at home with his family as much as he wished. In a letter to his wife dated December 27, he wrote a bit on his feelings about the institution of slavery. The letter is not available online in full, but the most famous bit is excerpted here:

... In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.

I was surprised to find that Lee was--sort of--ot in favor of slavery. He spends the rest of the letter writing about his belief that slavery would only be abolished by God at some future time, and that abolitionist agitation was harmful to the welfare of slaves. Abolitionists, he considers, are interfering to no purpose (since slavery will not end until the time appointed), and he accuses them of intolerance: "Is it not strange that the descendants of those Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the Atlantic to preserve the freedom of their opinion have always proved themselves intolerant of the spiritual liberty of others?"

A little further investigation taught me that this opinion was not uncommon among Lee's set (religious slaveowners living in the border states). They didn't exactly approve of slavery, but they thought it was not their business to end it, either. Lee himself owned several slaves, and did not always treat them well. I am really going to have to read a biography of this man.


self certified genius said...

Lee had great abilities which he used to perpetuate the evil of human trafficking. I could give him slack for sitting back and waiting for God to do the heavy lifting, but Lee turned traitor and did a great and vile service for the other side. Lee has similarities to Rommel, except Rommel had some sort of residual conscience.

Seeker said...

Read the full letter from Lee -- and learn what he was DOING about this time.

According to his OWN handwritten account books, Lee regularly separated mothers from their infants, he also had slaves as young as 13 tortured. Oh yes, really amazing stuff.

Then RE-read the letter. This letter that Lee lunatics claim show he was "a reluctant and kind slave owner, who was against slavery" is actually a tenacious and even patholically driven defense -- not only of slavery, but of the TORTURE of slaves.

Yes, the letter defends the TORTURE of slaves, or as he calls it "their painful discipline" . He claims pain is "necessary for their instruction" and that God "knows and orders" slavery.

Yes, in one sentence he mollifies his wife (she owned the slaves and grew up with them, in a setting far far different that what Lee put the slaves through). So he is essentially saying "Dear Wife, yes, slavery is an evil -- for WHITES, Blacks are better off as slaves, and God knows and ordains slavery. Yes, the "painful discipline" I inflict on them might offend you, but dear wife, God ordains and orders that. Slaves need painful discipline -- it's the only way they learn."

Keep in mind -- he TORTURES slave girls, and separates them from their children, which is probably why so many of his slave girls escaped or tried to.

Learn more about this POS. What we have been fed is truly nonsense.

And it's a metaphor for the entire "history" of the Confederacy. Torture is white washed away, and "scholars" picka few words, uttered in a self serving way, as proof of the charity, kindness and honor of the leaders.

They ignore entirely their actions, and even the full meaning of what they write..

Even if Lee had written a passionate letter AGAINST slavery -- his actions of torture, selling or separating the mother routinely, is vile stuff. But the letter is not against slavery AT ALL.

In fact it's a tenacious defense of slavery - and the pain of the torture used to keep slaves in line.