General Lee and Santa Claus - 1867 Book

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I think it really speaks to the position Lee held in Confederate culture. It's one thing for adults to praise Lee and view him as the hope for the Confederacy, but these are kids! They only had a sliver of the understanding of the war that their parents would have had, and yet they recognized that Robert E. Lee was a man of such authority that he, of all people, would be honest and knowledgeable in his response and assure them that Santa loved them.

I know Santa Claus held a different place in American culture in the 19th century than in the early and mid-20th century, but still!
 



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