The Heart of a Warrior

lee saying goodbye to soldiers
General Lee taking leave of his men

On Christmas Day, 1862, from Fredericksburg, VA, Lee wrote the following:

“Oh, if our people would only recognize it (God’s protection) and cease from self-boasting and adulation, how strong would be my belief in the final success and happiness to our country! But what a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!” Continue reading