Sunday, May 27, 2018

The complex soul of the real Gen. Robert E. Lee

From Indiana-

Soon after the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Union forces, Gen. Robert E. Lee wrote to one of his spiritual advisers while wrestling with the pain of this great defeat, but also with a lesson that he had learned.

“God has thought fit to afflict us most deeply. ... How great must be our sins and how unrelenting our obduracy,” wrote Lee to the Rev. William Platt, an Episcopal priest. “We have only to submit to his gracious will and pray for his healing mercy.”

The key, Lee argued, is that the South’s defeat represented the judgment of God. Now it was time to seek true unity, not “a forced and hollow truce. ... To this end all good men should labour.”

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