The Robert E. Lee statue was recently removed from where it stood for 133 years in Lee Circle in New Orleans (which will now probably be renamed to Martin Luther King Circle) because Lee “stood for slavery” according to New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, even though Robert E. Lee opposed slavery and freed his inherited slaves years before Abe Lincoln.
“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.” Robert E. Lee
“In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral and political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.” Robert E. Lee, Letter to his wife, Mary Anne Lee (27 December 1856)
Ironically, supporters of the removal of history celebrated with dances by the very continent that sold blacks into slavery, Africa.
In August of 1865, Robert E. Lee accepted the invitation to become the president of Washington College at Lexington, Virginia (later changed in his honor to Washington and Lee University but also soon to be changed to something else). Robert E. Lee said his main desire and mission at the college was to “bring these young men to Christ.”
Lee continued: “I should be disappointed and shall fail in the leading object that brought me here, unless these young men all become Christians; and I wish you and others of your sacred profession to do all you can to accomplish it. We poor sinners need to come back from our wanderings to seek pardon through the all-sufficient merits of our Redeemer. And we need to pray earnestly for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us a precious revival in our hearts and among the unconverted.”
General Lee once remarked to Chaplain John William Jones regarding the Bible: “There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit.”