CSA Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill

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Benjamin Harvey Hill is my 1st Cousin, 5x removed. He was a Confederate Senator from Georgia. During his tenure in the Confederate Senate he was a staunch supporter of President Jefferson Davis, which gained him his life long friendship.

In an address before the Southern Historical Society, Atlanta, Georgia, February 18, 1874, he said this statement about Robert E. Lee:

“When the future historian shall come to survey the character of Lee he will find it rising like a huge mountain above the undulating plane of humanity, and he must lift his eyes high toward heaven to catch its summit. He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward. He was obedient to authority as a servant, and royal in authority as a true king. He was gentle as a woman in life; modest and pure as a virgin in thought; watchful as a Roman vestal in duty; submissive to law as Socrates; and grand in battle as Achilles.”
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