The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon
  • The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon
  • The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon
ISBN: 1538110393
EAN13: 9781538110393
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 15, 2018
Pages: 260
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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History has been kind to Robert E. Lee. Woodrow Wilson believed General Lee was a model to men who would be morally great. Douglas Southall Freeman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his four-volume biography of Lee, described his subject as one of a small company of great men in whom there is no inconsistency to be explained, no enigma to be solved. Winston Churchill called him one of the noblest Americans who ever lived. Until recently, there was even a stained glass window devoted to Lee's life at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Immediately after the Civil War, however, many northerners believed Lee should be hanged for treason and war crimes. Americans will be surprised to learn that in June of 1865 Robert E. Lee was indicted for treason by a Norfolk, Virginia grand jury. In his instructions to the grand jury, Judge John C. Underwood described treason as wholesale murder, and declared that the instigators of the rebellion had hands dripping with the blood of slaughtered innocents. In early 1866, Lee decided against visiting friends while in Washington, D.C. for a congressional hearing, because he was conscious of being perceived as a monster by citizens of the nation's capital. Yet somehow, roughly fifty years after his trip to Washington, Lee had been transformed into a venerable American hero, who was highly regarded by southerners and northerners alike. Almost a Read More chevron_right

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