General Robert E. Lee, who graduated the U.S. Military Academy second in his class, remains an American hero despite his role in the Confederacy.
As a native Virginian, General Lee is especially honored by Virginians for his audacity, initiative, strong character, and military brilliance.
I suggest people thoroughly study the gravity of the underlying political and economic causes of the Civil War and the failure of all attempts at political compromise between the North and South vis-a-vis their socioeconomic interests.
Despite the moral fervor against slavery of Northern and Southern abolitionists, the Civil War was neither calculated as a Northern crusade for black freedom nor as a Southern agenda for the foisting of slavery upon the slave-free states.
The bottom line in the eyes of both Northern and Southern antebellum politicians was whether the federal government in Washington should be the instrument of Northern or Southern political and economic aggrandizement?
Since all efforts at diplomacy failed from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and onward, the answer could only have come through civil war.
Joseph N. Manago