Now you people are comparing General Robert E. Lee to General Benedict Arnold (Murray Siegel column, “lack of historical knowledge,” May 9, Florence Reminder). Let’s get this historical knowledge back on track. First Arnold had a choice to either fight Britain or America. He fought for America and wanted to be rewarded financially and elevated in rank for his victories. He indeed betrayed our country over greed and selfish reasons; he did this in the middle of the war. Yes, he was a traitor.
Robert E. Lee was called to Washington before the war started, was offered the command of the army, and refused for these reasons. The current government and administration by mob democracy voted to make the South pay 80 percent in taxes to the federal government while exempting themselves from paying less than 20 percent; the North had 76 percent of the vote. They abused the power of the vote to mug the South.
Fishing fleets in the South could not fish 50 percent of their catch because they didn’t want them competing with their fishing fleets in the North. Waterway taxes, port taxes. The South was the piggybank the North kept breaking into. When the South balked at paying any more, the North threatened to invade and take what they thought was theirs. The South seceded when Lincoln called up 70,000 troops for that task.
Robert E. Lee told them to their faces, “I will not raise my sword against my people or the state of Virginia.” He resigned from the U.S. Army to serve and defend his beloved state of Virginia. He did not betray his country for selfish reasons. He didn’t join and fight for the North, then stab them in the back like Arnold in the middle of the conflict. Robert E. Lee, like a gentleman, walked out and fought for his people and his country: it was the Confederate States of America.