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Robert E. Lee: A Man of Honor and a Virginian

Portrait of General Robert E. Lee

Over a hundred fifty years ago, Robert E. Lee faced one of the most important decisions of his life. The nation was steeling itself for the bloody shock of civil war, and the very outcome of that conflict might have been dependent on his decisions. (Photo source, above: The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.)

Libraries full of books have been written about Lee, the first soldier of the Confederacy. His generalship has been praised, parsed, deconstructed, second-guessed, and subjected to a thousand what-ifs. Lee himself is revered by many as a hero, reviled by some as a traitoryet in many ways, remains to most an enigma. His familiar visage has been cast in marble and bronze a thousand times over, and...

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