Letter to the Editor

Robert E. Lee was a traitor, not an ‘American hero’

The Dec. 13 letter from Wesley C. Haines-Ynfante extolling Robert E. Lee as “a great American hero” [“Lee was not a proponent of slavery”] was the final straw for me. A man who betrayed his oath as a graduate of West Point to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States, Lee not only took up arms against his country but also arguably, by his participation, caused untold death and destruction and the elongation of the Civil War.

This man, whose statue graces the halls of our Capitol , has nonetheless managed to receive the blessing of history. How can a traitor to his country be recognized by multitudes as one of its heroes?  

(John Kelly/TWP) - A stained-glass window in the National Cathedral honoring Robert E. Lee in Washington, D.C. It's part of a commemorative niche to the Confederate officer.

Max Beard, Alexandria

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