Saturday, November 10, 2012
“It is stated in books and papers that Southern children read and study that all the blood shedding and destruction of property of that conflict was because the South rebelled without cause against the best government the world ever saw; that although Southern soldiers were heroes in the field, skillfully massed and led, they and their leaders were rebels and traitors who fought to overthrow the Union, and to preserve human slavery, and that their defeat was necessary for free government and the welfare of the human family.
As a Confederate soldier and as a citizen of Virginia, I deny the charge, and denounce it as a calumny. We were not rebels; we did not fight to perpetuate human slavery, but for our rights and privileges under a government established over us by our fathers and in defense of our homes.”
Colonel Richard Henry Lee, C.S.A.
Richard Lee - Resided at Charles Town when he enlisted in the Confederate Army on April 18, 1861 as a Lieutenant. Wounded at Kernstown, Virginia bearing the Fallen Flag to the front. Recommended to service on a military court. Later became Judge Advocate and Colonel of 2nd Corps Army of Northern Virginia.