April 9th

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mrkirker, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

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    On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The end of the beginning . . . .
     
  2. topper

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    Gen. Lee was the greatest general ever. he was, at first, offered command of the union troops by prez lincoln.



    Keep both barrels loaded
     

  3. "After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Norther Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

    I need not tell the brave survivors of some many hard fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them.

    But feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.

    By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from a consciousness of duty faithfully performed; and I earnestly pray that a Merciful God will extend to you His blessings and protection.

    With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell."

    R.E. Lee
    Genl.
     
  4. islenos

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    The problem with Lee is that he was, and is, very popular with the masses.

    There were other Generals that were far better then Lee but Davis was much too eager to micro manage the war. Davis’s love for Lee resulted in many fine generals loosing their commands over their less then glowing adoration for the Davis/Lee running of the war.

    I believe that Lee was a fine general a great leader of men but I also believe that much to much is made of him.
     
  5. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

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    MAYBE so but as a LEE my self I like to think of him as a good guy ;)

    Now of course I am from the south and only a Lee in name no ties to the General , unless you count that one night with the cook in the second outdoor kitchen :D:D:D:D
     
  6. 45nut

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    Another General may have prosecuted the War of Northern Aggression differently or maybe better, but none could have done so with more Honor, Duty and Humility.

    This was the end of the Republic as our Founding Father's intended. States rights were squashed and Fed Gov has been increasing until this sad day when Obozo takes us down the road to Socialism.
     
  7. EddieS1967

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    Well, there was this one rather decent fellow, Gen. Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who thought pretty highly of Lee, so that's good enough for me!! I do not believe the country has given birth to a more nobler soldier, gentleman, and Christian, than General Robert E Lee.

    I believe there was no other man, who facing such overwhelming odds, could have EARNED the RESPECT & LOVE of his soldiers, who would have & in fact did, march thru hell with and for him.

    Lord help us, we need both of them now.....

    If i had the honor, decency, "internal constitution", etc. that these two men had in their little pinkie, I would be "much the better for it".

    But I digress.....................

    Eddie
     
  8. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Well put, Eddie, and ---

    A - M E N !!!!
     
  9. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

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    Lee was a brilliant general. He was hampered by Jefferson Davis trying to micro manage the war. Davis hated Joe Johnston who was also a very good general. Davis loved Braxton Bragg who was very mediocore, T.J. Jackson and Lee thought so much alike that they made a perfect team. After the loss of Jackson things went downhill. Another problem was that Lee had probably suffered a heart attack in the weeks prior to Gettysburg
     
  10. momo

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    April 9, 1865, the day the downfall of liberty began.
     
  11. RunningOnMT

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    Very well said.
     
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    I'm not smart enough--or coherent enough at this late hour--to make any kind of symbolic connection between the 2 events that took place on 4/9...the one cited here, and the one Sarge posted about: The fall of Baghdad 6 years ago.

    Maybe there is no relevant connection to be made...just wondering...