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“Success could not dim it. Public adulation could not tarnish it. Defeat could only test it. For character is invincible.”
~ Douglas Southall Freeman. View attachment 211703
By South do you mean all Southerners such has blacks and Unionists? Is owning slaves a good character trait? Post Civil War Lee did not promote or even agree to black political equality has did former Confederate Generals Beauregard , Longstreet and Forrest.
Longstreet even led black Militia in Louisiana against white supremacist paramilitaries.
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“Success could not dim it. Public adulation could not tarnish it. Defeat could only test it. For character is invincible.”
~ Douglas Southall Freeman. View attachment 21170
By success would that definition include any general who won a military battle? Maybe any general who won three or more battles? Any general who won a battle while outnumbered?
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is owning slaves a good character trait? Post Civil War Lee did not promote or even agree to black political equality has did former Confederate Generals Beauregard , Longstreet and Forrest.
Longstreet even led black Militia in Louisiana against white supremacist paramilitaries.
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Even the founding fathers owned slaves, under the United States flag, so that card is somewhat unfair. They where all men of their times.

Post CW Lee, was a tired and sick man.. He did not have either the health or interest in politics.
 
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Even the founding fathers owned slaves, under the United States flag, so that card is somewhat unfair. They where all men of their times.

Post CW Lee, was a tired and sick man.. He did not have either the health or interest in politics.
Yes but they did not fight to preserve and expand slavery. As mentioned in other threads many Southern officers who were men of their time stayed loyal to the Union. Lee was well enough to run a University. A public statement in support of black political equality is not that physically difficult.
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Huh? Seems to me they indeed preserved slavery from the colonial period to the new country they founded......and as they added slave states beyond the 13 orginal colonies.....they expanded it as well

To say they didn't preserve or expand slavery seems a little disingenuous to me.
 
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By South do you mean all Southerners such has blacks and Unionists? Is owning slaves a good character trait? Post Civil War Lee did not promote or even agree to black political equality has did former Confederate Generals Beauregard , Longstreet and Forrest.
Longstreet even led black Militia in Louisiana against white supremacist paramilitaries.
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Here is something to read in your spare time. https://archive.org/details/douglassouthallf00free

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At least Lee did not engage in the personal bickering and backstabbing that occurred among many CSA officers during and after the war.
 

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“Success could not dim it.

Slavery did.

Public adulation could not tarnish it.

History could not, nor should not, forget that slavery tarnished it.

Defeat could only test it.

Defeat brought about the end of slavery.

For character is invincible.”
~ Douglas Southall Freeman. View attachment 211703
Character is not just words and a picture with a snappy caption.

Deeds and actions are it's main characteristic.
 



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