Today is the Birthday of General Robert E. Lee. A Legal Holiday in Florida

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     General Robert Edward Lee was born on this date in 1807.  He is honored and remembered as a great statesman, a great military strategist, and a great American.  Robert E. Lee is an icon to many of us in the South.  

     The state of Florida, and several other states, honor General Robert E. Lee by proclaiming January 19th as a legal holiday. 


 General Robert E. Lee on Traveler

General Lee astride his horse, Traveller



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  Great men of history have said these words about General Lee:


     U.S. Senator Benjamin Hill:

       "Robert E. Lee possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices.  He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile". 


     United States President Eisenhower:

       “General Robert E. Lee was one of the supremely gifted men produced by our nation. From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul.  Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.” 


     Prime Minister Winston Churchill:

       "His noble presence and gentle, kindly manner were sustained by religious faith and an exalted character."


     President Theodore Roosevelt:

       "General Robert E. Lee is the very greatest of all the great captains that the English-speaking peoples have brought forth."  


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    Stained glass portrayal of the life of Robert E. Lee. 

Previously displayed in the National Cathedral, Washington D.C.


     Union President Abraham Lincoln offered General Lee command of the Union ArmyGeneral Robert E. Lee refused to "...raise my hand against my relatives, my children, and my home".  Lee resigned his commission.   

     General Lee then became Senior Military Advisor to Confederate States of America President Jefferson Finis Davis.  General Lee was placed in command of the Army of Northern Virginia.




General Robert E. Lee, CSA



Robert Edward Lee




     At West Point, Robert E. Lee was such a model cadet, with great discipline and military bearing, that he was nicknamed,  "The Marble Statue".


   Robert E. Lee distinguished himself during the Mexican-American War, serving under General Winfield Scott. 







General Lee Richmond Statue

General Lee's Statue on Monument Avenue, Richmond Virginia



What was General Lee's position on slavery?


    The Washington Times tells us,

      "Lee had hoped Virginia would not secede, indeed, hoped that none of the states would. The man who has been called America’s greatest soldier hardly resembles the mean caricature drawn by the politically correct in the strife and tumult of the present day.  He had opposed secession, and he had opposed slavery, writing in 1856 that “Slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.”  He would free his own slaves and declare, “I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished.”


Washington Times on General Robert E. Lee





     General Robert E. Lee is ranked among Hannibal, Napoleon, Marcus Aurelius, Alexander the Great, and interestingly enough, Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, as one of the greatest military strategists in world history.  General Lee's tactics and battle plans are studied today in war colleges and military schools around the world.


  Flag at Headquarters of General Lee 





          Flag at the Headquarters of General Lee






Quotes from General Robert Edward Lee


     "The education of a man or woman is never completed until they die."  

     "It is better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity."

     "We may be annihilated, but we cannot be conquered."

     "Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."


     "We failed, but in the good providence of God, apparent failure often proves a blessing."

     "My trust is in the mercy and wisdom of a kind Providence, who ordereth all things for our good."   

     "In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength."

     "My chief concern is to try to be a humble, earnest Christian."


Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas Stonewall Jackson on Commerorative Half Dollar

Stone Mountain commemorative coin, featuring Generals Lee and Jackson 


     "These men are not an army - they are citizens defending their country."

     "What a cruel thing is war:  to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world."

     "We must expect reverses, even defeats.  They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters."

      "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."

     "Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right." 

     "You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish - if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose." 


General Robert E. Lee at age 31

Robert E. Lee at age 31



      January 19 is the birthday of the great General Robert E. Lee.  It is a Legal State Holiday in Florida.  Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas also declare this day to be a Legal Holiday.  Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day.  Georgia and Virginia have legal holidays for Robert E. Lee on other dates.


 General Robert Edward Lee, CSA





Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    







Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.



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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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I am sure my history teaching hubby knows this, but would love your post

Jan 19, 2018 06:51 AM #1
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
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Hi Fred Griffin 

Terrific post.

Thank you for sharing.


Jan 19, 2018 06:54 AM #2
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
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Such a good history information thank you for this one have a nice day.

Jan 19, 2018 07:08 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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So are you enjoying your day off?  Or are you working?  Wishing you a great day.  A

Jan 19, 2018 09:56 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

We had an Elementary School in East Wenatchee named after Robert E. Lee.  There was a big uproar because of his ties to slavery and the south.  Be damned his actual stance on slavery.  They dropped the Robert E.  Now it's just Lee Elementary School.  I find it disturbing. 

Jan 19, 2018 10:40 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Fred - Lee is a man of history who was a great American.

Jan 19, 2018 11:16 AM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Fred.

One can write volumes about the way history has rewritten or eliminated important parts of our history.  Tell a lie long enough and it becomes the truth.  

Jan 20, 2018 01:38 AM #7
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
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James Dray 

    Next week my great aunt will be 99 years old.  She is my last close relative who heard the stories of the Civil War firsthand.  She heard about "The Battle of Natural Bridge" from her granddaddy who fought in that battle, and "The Battle of Olustee" from her parents who had heard the tale from their father, who had fought in the War.  

     The oral tradition that comes down through my great aunt, and my late grandparents, etc. is so totally different from the re-written version that is foisted upon Society by government schools, by Hollywood, by the culture.

    It makes you question everything about history, be it Alexander the Great, or Napolean, or Julius Caesar.  The Victors get to create the story, and part of that story is vilifying the opponent.

Jan 20, 2018 06:10 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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Hi there Fred. Thanks for sharing. Always good to learn different perspectives regarding history. D 

Jan 20, 2018 11:55 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Fred- I hope that you or someone in your family have recorded (whatever today's high tech term would be) your great-aunt's account and stories. We can't lose any of our history. 

Jan 20, 2018 12:30 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Fred I did not know much of what you wrote in this blog about Robert E. Lee, thank you for sharing it.

I am surprised the far liberal left has not taken to the streets in protest of this holiday.

Jan 20, 2018 04:25 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jan 20, 2018 06:13 PM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Nice to know so much more about General Lee.  We have so much named for him up here.

Jan 21, 2018 04:01 PM #13
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Wow, what an awesome blog.   You are so fortunate to have your great aunt.

Jan 22, 2018 12:10 PM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

From all accounts I have read of him, he was an amazing man and general. Thank you for sharing!

Jan 24, 2018 06:55 PM #15
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Now know so much more about Robert E Lee ... and makes me want to delve in to know more about this period, this man. Been some time since the book was about this period and you spurred me on to add one Fred Griffin !

Feb 02, 2018 04:05 AM #16
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I did not know a tenth of the information you shared, Fred Griffin . Thanks for the post!  We all need to know more about our American history.

Feb 11, 2018 09:52 PM #17
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