Today is the birthday of a remarkably famous American, and one of the most controversial.
President Theodore Roosevelt said of him, “His noble presence and gentle, kindly manner were sustained by religious faith and an exalted character.”
President Franklin Roosevelt said of this American, he is “one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen.”
He said of himself that he was “nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.”
Historians have noted that he killed more Americans than any other single military commander in history.
This was Robert E. Lee, who was born on this day, Jan. 19, in 1807.
Lee’s career as an officer in the United States Army and as a general in the Confederate Army have been described in considerable detail by many historians. However, his religious views are less well known and show us much of the piety of his age.