Praise For Lee And Jackson
January is often referred to as
"Generals Month" since no less than four famous
Confederate Generals claimed January as their birth
month: James Longstreet (Jan. 8, 1821),
Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19, 1807), Thomas Jonathan
"Stonewall" Jackson (Jan. 21, 1824), and George
Pickett (Jan. 28, 1825). Two of these men, Lee and
Jackson, are particularly noteworthy.
Without question, Robert E. Lee and
"Stonewall" Jackson were two of the greatest
military leaders of all time. Even more, many military
historians regard the Lee and Jackson tandem as perhaps
the greatest battlefield duo in the history of warfare.
If Jackson had survived the battle of
Chancellorsville, it is very possible that the South
would have prevailed at
and perhaps would even have won the War Between the
In fact, it was
Lord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the British
armies in the
twentieth century, who
said, "In my opinion, Stonewall Jackson was one
of the greatest natural military geniuses the world ever
saw. I will go even further than that–as a campaigner
in the field, he never had a superior. In some respects,
I doubt whether he ever had an equal."
While the strategies and
circumstances of the War of Northern Aggression can (and
will) be debated by professionals and laymen alike, one
fact is undeniable: Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson
were two of the finest Christian gentlemen this country
has ever produced. Both their character and their
conduct were beyond reproach.
Unlike his northern counterpart,
Ulysses S. Grant, General Lee never sanctioned or
condoned slavery. Upon inheriting slaves from his
deceased father-in-law, Lee immediately freed them. And
according to historians, Jackson enjoyed a familial
relationship with those few slaves that were in his
home. In addition, unlike
Abraham Lincoln and
U.S. Grant, there is no record of either Lee or
Jackson ever speaking disparagingly of the black race.
As those who are familiar with
history know, General Grant and his wife held personal
slaves before and during the War Between the States,
and, contrary to popular opinion, even Lincoln`s
Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves of the
North. They were not freed until the Thirteenth
Amendment was passed after the conclusion of the war.
Grant`s excuse for not freeing his slaves was that
"good help is so hard to come by these days."
Furthermore, it is well established
that Jackson regularly conducted a Sunday School class
for black children. This was a ministry he took very
seriously. As a result, he was dearly loved and
appreciated by the children and their parents.
In addition, both Jackson and Lee
emphatically supported the abolition of slavery. In
fact, Lee called slavery
"a moral and political evil." He also said
"the best men in the South" opposed it and welcomed
its demise. Jackson said he wished to see "the
shackles struck from every slave."
To think that Lee and Jackson (and
the vast majority of Confederate soldiers) would fight
and die to preserve an institution they considered evil
and abhorrent–and that they were already working to
dismantle–is the height of absurdity. It is equally
repugnant to impugn and denigrate the memory of these
remarkable Christian gentlemen.
In fact, after refusing Abraham
Lincoln`s offer to command the Union Army in 1861,
Robert E. Lee wrote to his sister on April 20 of that
year to explain his decision. In the letter he
wrote, "With all my devotion to the Union and the
feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I
have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand
against my relatives, my children, my home. I have
therefore resigned my commission in the army and save in
defense of my native state, with the sincere hope that
my poor services may never be needed . . ."
Lee`s decision to resign his
commission with the Union Army must have been the most
difficult decision of his life. Remember that Lee`s
direct ancestors had fought in America`s War For
Independence. His father,
"Light Horse Harry"
Henry Lee, was a Revolutionary War hero,
Governor of Virginia, and member of Congress. In
addition, members of his family were signatories to the
Declaration of Independence.
Remember, too, that not only did
Robert E. Lee graduate from West Point "at the head
of his class" (according to
Benjamin Hallowell), he is yet today one of only six
cadets to graduate from that prestigious academy without
a single demerit.
However, Lee knew that Lincoln`s
decision to invade the South in order to prevent its
secession was both
immoral and unconstitutional. As a man of honor and
integrity, the only thing Lee could do was that which
his father had done: fight for freedom and independence.
And that is exactly what he did.
Instead of allowing a politically
correct culture to sully the memory of Robert E. Lee and
Thomas J. Jackson, all Americans should hold them in a
place of highest honor and respect. Anything less is a
disservice to history and a disgrace to the principles
of truth and integrity.
Accordingly, it was more than
appropriate that the late President Gerald Ford, on
August 5, 1975, signed Senate Joint Resolution 23,
"restoring posthumously the long overdue, full rights of
citizenship to General Robert E. Lee."
According to President Ford, "This legislation
corrects a 110-year oversight of American history."
He further said, "General Lee`s character has been an
example to succeeding generations . . ."
The significance of the lives of
Generals Lee and Jackson cannot be overvalued. While the
character and influence of most of us will barely be
remembered two hundred days after our departure, the
sterling character of these men has endured for two
What a shame that so many of
America`s youth are being robbed of knowing and studying
the virtue and integrity of the great General Robert E.
Lee and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.
Furthermore, it is no hyperbole to
say that the confederated, constitutional republic so
ably declared by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of
Independence of 1776 and codified into statute by the
U.S. Constitution of 1787 was,
for the most part, expunged at the Appomattox Court
House in 1865. After all, it was (and is) the
responsibility of the states to be the ultimate vanguard
of liberty. Without a tenacious, unrelenting defense of
liberty by the
sovereign states, we are reduced to ever-burgeoning
oppression–which is exactly what we see happening today.
Thankfully, freedom`s heartbeat is
still felt among at least a few states. State
sovereignty resolutions (proposed in over 30 states),
Firearms Freedom acts (passed in
2 states–Montana and Tennessee–and being proposed in
at least 12 other states), and official letters
(Montana), statements (Texas Governor Rick Perry), and
resolutions (Georgia and Montana) threatening secession
have already taken place.
Yes, freedom-loving Americans in
this generation may need to awaken to the prospect
that–in order for freedom to survive–secession may, once
again, be in order. One thing is for sure: any State
that will not protect and defend their citizens` right
to keep and bear arms cannot be counted on to do
diddlysquat to maintain essential freedom. It is time
for people to start deciding whether they want to live
free or not–and if they do, to seriously consider
relocating to states that yet have a heartbeat for
I will say it straight out: any
State that will not protect your right to keep and bear
arms is a tyrannical State! And if it is obvious that
the freedom-loving citizens of that State are powerless
to change it via the ballot box, they should leave the
State to its slaves and seek a land of liberty.
I, for one, am thankful for the
example and legacy of men such as Robert E. Lee and
Stonewall Jackson. They were the spiritual soul mates of
George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson. They were men that loved freedom;
they were men that loved federalism and constitutional
government; and they were men of courage and
understanding. They understood that, sometimes,
political separation is the only way that freedom can
survive. Long live the spirit of Washington, Jefferson,
Lee, and Jackson!
P.S. I am happy to announce to
people in and around the Flathead Valley of Northwest
Montana that the first public worship service of the
LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP will take place this Sunday, January
16, 2011, at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center
located at 20 N. Main Street/US Hwy. 93 (just one block
south of US Hwy. 2) in downtown Kalispell. The service
will start at 2pm MDT. We also are hoping to have
everything in place to livestream my message. For more
information regarding LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP, or to watch
the livestream, go to:
P.S.S. To read my brief but
descriptive interview with a Montana newspaper regarding
our move to Montana and the advent of LIBERTY
FELLOWSHIP, go to: