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Favorite Robert E. Lee Quotes

Discussion in 'Robert E. Lee' started by Barrycdog, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Barrycdog

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    Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.

    What is your favorite quote?
     

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    "It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."
     
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    "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."

    "We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how. We have been defeated. For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation."
     
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    "Strike the tent."
     
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    When someone told him after the war that people considered his decision to launch the Pickett/Pettigrew/Trimble charge on July 3 at Gettysburg a mistake he replied

    "Any fool can see that now, where were they then ?"
     
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    "I surrender."
     
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    From a letter to daughter Mildred:

     
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    CMWinkler Colonel Forum Host Retired Moderator

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    Actually, you were sniping in what was designed to be a serious thread. The least you could do is honestly admit that. It seems you thought your comment witty, but for me it only got halfway there.
     
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    "Did you go off like a firecracker?" -- R. E. Lee to Markie Williams
     
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    That was precisely the one I wanted to post....but I couldn't remember the exact wording. :smile:
     
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    From a letter he wrote in August, 1856, while stationed at Ringgold Barracks, near present day Rio Grande City:

    "The sun was fiery hot and the atmosphere like a blast from a hot air furnace, the water salt. Every branch and leaf in this country, nearly, are armed with a point and seem to poison the flesh. What a blessing the children are not here! They would be ruined."

    ----- Robert E. Lee in a letter to his wife, August 25th, 1856


    And we know what at least one Union general thought of Texas, so.....
     
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    Mesquite trees, brackish water and over 100 degree heat.

    Home sweet home!

    --BBF
     
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    Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one. Robert E. Lee
     
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    I guess Lee figured why the Texas Brigade was so tough!
     
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  20. "Sir, if you ever presume again to speak disrespectfully of General Grant in my presence, either you or I will sever his connection with this university."
    Lee the American , by Gamaliel Bradford, pg. 226
     
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    “There were never such men in an army before. They will go anywhere and do anything.”
     

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