I oppose slavery in all its forms. I staunchly support President Lincoln and Republican positions. I disagree with most of the reasons the South cited as justification for secession.
But make no mistake about it: General Robert E. Lee was a great man.
When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his desire for the country to remain intact and an offer of a senior Union command. During the first year of the Civil War, Lee served as a senior military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Once he took command of the main field army in 1862 he soon emerged as a shrewd tactician and battlefield commander, winning most of his battles, all against far superior Union armies.
While he certainly had his faults, as all men do, his likeness by all means deserves remembrance. Though the ignorant continue to lay waste to memorials, statues, and plaques, this painting and these words will forever live on!