Robert E. Lee Reconsidered

By |2019-02-06T23:14:15-05:00February 6th, 2019|

Clearly, Robert E. Lee’s reputation has plummeted from the lofty height it once occupied. It is time to clear a path through the rubble of toppled statues and discarded plaques to examine the qualities of the authentic Lee, as well as the turn of mind that would relegate him to historical ignominy... I. “What excellence is [...]

The Attack on Memory

By |2018-06-21T22:06:42-05:00June 21st, 2018|

History is the “remembered past,” remembered according to values and virtues that are the inheritance of a particular people. The story as told gives meaning to the “facts,” and the story must be told to be remembered… “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I [...]

A Requiem for Manners

By |2018-06-22T14:39:06-05:00June 17th, 2018|

Christian chivalry harmonized human relations. Without it, society could only be held together by brute force and cold reason. Gone would be the warmth of considerate human relations, corrupted would be the morals of men, and all would be reduced to slaves… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity [...]

Erasing General Lee

By |2018-06-06T10:19:17-05:00June 5th, 2018|

What a pity that a whole generation of students will know Robert E. Lee not as a complex man, not as a nuanced man, and not, like all of us, as a flawed man. They will know him only as the man who was erased… Our culture has, of late, become rather fixated on [...]

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Robert E. Lee

By |2018-04-10T01:10:22-05:00April 8th, 2018|

To those Americans who revere him—sadly, a dwindling number these days—Robert E. Lee is still much a "Marble Man": the noble face of the antebellum South, the tragic embodiment of the Lost Cause, the "perfect" man, as a contemporary deemed him. Even his admirers are unaware of the some of the more interesting details of [...]

Good Books and Great Music for Christmas Gifting

By |2017-12-14T15:43:07-05:00December 14th, 2017|

Here are four recently-published books and four new classical music albums that I have greatly enjoyed this past year… Books I’ve read several excellent biographies (and one great autobiography) this past year. Foremost among the former is Jan Swafford’s magisterial Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, which could easily be termed the definitive biography of perhaps the [...]

How Robert E. Lee Got His Citizenship Back

By |2018-10-06T15:21:35-05:00November 6th, 2017|

At his death, Robert E. Lee was not fully a citizen despite the efforts he made in his last years to regain his citizenship. This final aggression against the name of a great man continued to trouble many Americans, both in the North and the South… At the time of his death, was Robert [...]

In Defense of the American Military

By |2018-11-05T19:28:34-05:00May 25th, 2015|

Once upon a time, it was the Left that conflated support for the military with support for war itself. Infamously, in the 1960s and 1970s, many American combat veterans returning home from the controversial Vietnam War were spat upon by antiwar activists. These soldiers were derided as murderers, even baby-killers, by the likes of [...]

An Affectionate Farewell: General Order No. 9

By |2015-11-10T18:04:05-05:00April 9th, 2015|

A day after surrendering his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued the following message to the soldiers of his beloved Army of Northern Virginia, which he had commanded since the spring of 1862, and at the head of which he had won battle after battle against superior [...]

Saving General Lee

By |2019-03-23T08:47:37-05:00January 19th, 2015|

Once a symbol of national unity and reconciliation, Robert E. Lee is under attack in modern America. In recent years, his name and that of other Confederate generals have been erased from schools across the South, and his statue and those of his Southern compatriots have been removed from countless town squares throughout the [...]

Acton and Lee: A Conversation on Liberty

By |2018-06-18T23:26:02-05:00August 2nd, 2014|

Editor’s Note: It is interesting to note that Lord Acton corresponded with General Robert E. Lee after the conclusion of the American Civil War. Sympathetic to the Confederate cause, Lord Acton considered America’s Constitution as imperfect and “saw in State Rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will.” In his [...]

War So Terrible: Robert E. Lee the Philosopher

By |2019-04-04T11:22:24-05:00May 26th, 2014|

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” –Robert E. Lee If we examine Lee first upon the art at which he surpassed, we find a curiously dispassionate understanding not just of the technique, but of the place of war in the life of civilized man. [...]

Nothing But Glory Gained – Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg

By |2016-07-26T15:23:59-05:00June 17th, 2013|

Just before 3 o’clock on the morning of July 3, 1863, Robert E. Lee rose by starlight, ate a spartan breakfast with his staff, and mounted his famous gray horse, Traveller, for the ride up Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. He went in search of his ‘Old War Horse,’ Lieutenant General James Longstreet, commander of [...]