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Who was Robert E Lee Was he a hero or was he a traitor For some Robert E Lee is an almost god like figure for others he is a paradox When Abraham Lincoln was elected President South Carolina seceded and was quickly followed by six more southern states Georgia Florida North Carolina Alabama Mississippi Louisiana and Texas General Winfield Scott asked Colonel Robert E Lee to take command of the United States Army to put down the rebellion Lee however offered his services to the newly elected President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis Mr Davis accepted them and Lee was made a general in CSA service By joining the Confederacy Lee was going against the Union However after the war Lee was very involved in uniting the Union again It was said in The Hero of The South by Merrill Root that the man who fought against the Union showed us what unity means httpwwwthenewamericancomtna1997vol3no22vol13no22leehtm Nevertheless he was still tried for treason However his case was dropped when he submitted to civil authorities by signing an oath of loyalty to the Union Lee is obviously a very controversial historical figure but when it comes down to it he is a true American hero In fact that is how he more or less was viewed after the war by the entire country Within just a few years of the wars end Robert E Lee had become a mythic figure for many Southerners In 1868 Fanny Downing referred to Lee as bathed in the white light which falls directly upon him from the smile of an approving and sustaining God httpwwwwfuedumatthetlsouthreleehtml This saintly imagery was elaborated and reinforced by many others John W Daniels who served on General Jubal A Earlys staff wrote The divinity in his bosom shone translucent through the man and his spirit rose up to the Godlike httpwwwwfuedumatthetlsouthreleehtml Lee was considered by most authorities to have been the
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