That line is from a highly recommended book I just finished reading:
(You may have heard his interview on Jonathan Capehart’s podcast)
The writer, Ty Seidule, a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army, graduated from Washington and Lee University and taught history at West Point for many years. He relates a compelling story of growing up in the South where he learned to venerate Lee as the model of a Southern Christian Gentleman who is still nearly worshipped by those who continue to believe the “myth of the Lost Cause.”
Seidule holds nothing back, offering a detailed exposure of the true cause of the Civil War (slavery) and the true nature of Lee and the Confederacy (treason in defense of slavery).
My wife and I now live in the South. We’ve been to Civil War battle sites and museums, walked through cemeteries with the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, visited the “White House of the Confederacy” in Richmond, VA, and continue to see monuments to the “War of Rebellion” and rebel flags. We’ve been to Washington and Lee University, Memphis and Montgomery, Greensboro and Gettysburg. A depth of history we never fully appreciated until now. All part of our continuing education.
In my opinion, anyone who truly wants to understand the history of racial injustice in America needs to read Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and many other Black voices, past and present. And. . .I think Robert E. Lee and Me presents a powerful deep dive into the origins of our ongoing Civil War with racism in this country.
The truth is ruthless, and incredibly necessary to tell and learn.
(header image: from our visit to Gettysburg and the North Carolina memorial)