'Life of Robert E. Lee' At Appomattox Museum

Published 4:48 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

“The Life of Robert E. Lee” is the topic of a program to be presented by Warren Taylor, local historian and volunteer at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox April 17, 11 a.m.-noon and April 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and again 1:30-2:30 p.m.. The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox is located at 159 Horseshoe Rd, Appomattox, VA.

Robert E. Lee lived a life of duty. The word he called the most sublime in the English language. He admonished us to: “Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” Fulfilling his duty caused him much anguish in the most important decision he ever made. He had been an officer in the United States Army for more than 30 years. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he returned to serve as superintendent from 1852 until 1855.

In 1861 the man General Winfield Scott called the finest soldier he had ever seen, was offered command of the army which was to put down the rebellion of the Southern states. Virginia, Lee's home; the home of his family; the home of his ancestors; had seceded from the Union. Colonel Robert E. Lee resigned from the US Army. His 32 year career was over. Hear local historian Warren Taylor tell Lee's story. Visitors to the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox can see the draft of Lee's resignation which he sent to General Scott.

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Registration is not required and the program is free of charge with admission to the Museum. For information contact: Josie Butler at jbutler@moc.org or 855-649-1861 ext. 203.