Recall Governor Northam if he Removes Virginia General Robert E Lee's Monument

Recall Governor Northam if he Removes Virginia General Robert E Lee's Monument

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Mary Joyce Stevens started this petition to Virginia Legislature

(Above picture taken at the Unveiling of Lee's Statue, May 29, 1890, Richmond, VA. Men are in their Sunday best. No Jim Crow present. You've been lied to!!) If Governor Northam, removes the statue of Virginia's General Robert E Lee from the Statuary Hall in Washington DC, he should be recalled. We can hear his excuses now. Removing Lee is “the right thing to do.” “He does not represent the values of today’s Virginia.” “It reminds others of a painful part of Virginia’s past.” This is a play on peoples' emotions  and continual use of victimhood of others to remove General Lee. Stop playing these games with Virginia’s history. Additionally, some people say that the Lee monument reminds them of “white supremacy”. Nothing could be further from the truth. There were African Americans, Native Americans, Jewish people, Hispanics and even Asians in the Confederacy. In fact, Cherokee Indian General Stand Watie was the last General to surrender in the War for Southern Independence (Civil War). Lastly, Confederate veterans are EQUAL to US veterans. See Public Law 85-425, Section 410 (5-23-58) and PL810 (2-26-29).

There is no way that anyone can tell or learn the history of Virginia without discussing the Lees. General Lee’s Father, Light-Horse Harry Lee, graduated from Princeton and shortly thereafter became a leader in the Continental Army. He became known and admired by President George Washington and gave the eulogy at Washington’s funeral. Later, Father Harry Lee became Virginia’s 9th Governor. The following are a number of FACTS about Harry Lee’s son, Robert E. Lee:

1.  Lee never owned any slaves and was very much against slavery. He wrote to his wife in 1856: “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country.” Also, Lee prayed for an end to slavery. "The doctrines and miracles of our Savior have required nearly two thousand years to convert but a small portion of the human race, and even among Christian nations what gross errors still exist! While we see the course of the final abolition of human slavery is still onward, and give it the aid of our prayers, let us leave the progress as well as the results in the hands of Him who, chooses to work by slow influences, and with whom a thousand years are but as a single day."  Excerpt from Robert E. Lee's Letter to President Franklin Pierce prior to the War.
2. When President Abraham Lincoln decided to wage war on the Southern states for seceding from the Union, he asked Robert E. Lee to lead the Union troops.  He picked Robert E. Lee who graduated 2nd in his class at West Point without a single demerit. And, Lee distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War. General Lee refused President Lincoln’s request and was so devoted to his beloved Virginia that he refused to lift a sword against his fellow Virginians. This is probably why Lincoln took vengeance on Lee by confiscating Lee’s Arlington home and burying Union soldiers there. Therefore, Lee could not return to his home. (The US government compensated the Lee family for Arlington in 1883). 3   Lee left the War for Southern Independence in 1862 to free his wife’s slaves which his father-in-law planned for in his will. Union Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant had slaves and kept them until after the war ended in 1865. (We should remove their monuments.) 4.  Lee was a very honorable and a Christian man. "Help me to be, to think, to act what is right because it is right; make me truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me." From the Truman Library.  This Robert E. Lee prayer was memorized by Harry Truman, and used by Truman throughout his life. 5.  After the war, General Lee became President of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, from 1865 to 1870, and it became Washington and Lee University, which it is today.

The War for Southern Independence from 1861-1865 was NOT about slavery:

1. The North made a fortune off the slave trade business. New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshirehad many slave traders, who were Whigs/Republicans and who traded with African tribal leaders for slaves. The journey was brutal with many slaves not  surviving the trip. These northern slave traders threw overboard anyone who became ill. Yet, the North with righteous indignation claims to have freed the slaves. Amendment 13 freed the slaves in the United States.
2. Slavery was not a Southern thing……it was an American and worldwide thing. At the end of the 1700s, there were more slaves in New York than in Georgia. In 1830, there were 3775 free blacks who had 12,740 black slaves. (Google Nicolas Augustin Metoyer of Louisiana and William Ellison, Jr of South Carolina. Between them, they had almost 400 slaves). Every race has had slaves or been slaves at one time or another. American slaves were allowed to have jobs, own land, raise families, keep their earnings, own businesses and buy their freedom. Over 1.5 million White Europeans were taken as slaves off the Barbary Coast (North Africa) by Barbary Coast Pirates before and after we freed American slaves. Read "How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery" by Farrow, Lang and Frank. Where are apologies to the White Europeans taken by Barbary Coast Pirates?

3. Why did the North choose to invade the South in 1861? The reason is that the South’s secession would cause a great deal of economic loss for the North. The South had a commodity that the North needed and wanted……COTTON. The North needed it as raw material and they shipped cotton bales for the South. The South was a customer for the North. The loss of the South’s business would have been a loss of jobs for the North.
Additionally, tariffs collected in the South were spent in the North mostly on the infrastructure of the North. The “straw that broke the camel’s back” for the South was when the Morrill Tariff passed in 1860. It was outrageous and unfair and was the impetus for the South to seek its independence. The South felt that it was being overtaxed and the tariffs collected were spent primarily in the North on their infrastructure and not returned for use in the South. Lincoln was a Northern lawyer and lobbyist for the railroads. Lincoln was a man of the North and wanted to do everything to please the industrial North. In his first inaugural address, his exact words were “I do not want to interfere with slavery.” Therefore, had Lincoln had his troops invade the South to abolish slavery he would not have included this statement in his inaugural address. And, had the South been primarily interested in protecting slavery, the South would have remained in the Union with this guarantee from Lincoln.
4. Read the Corwin Amendment that Congress passed in 1861 which guaranteed slavery for the South. (Lincoln did not oppose) . This proved that slavery was of no interest to both sides as this swayed no one. Lincoln kept 5 slave states in the Union. If he was fighting a war for the sole purpose of freeing slaves, why would he allow Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia (all slave states) to remain in the Union? 
5.  In 1864, Rep. Duncan Kenner of Louisiana, was sent to France and England by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to negotiate ending slavery in exchange for France and England’s help in securing INDEPENDENCE for the Confederacy. You don’t surrender what you are fighting for to win the fight. If the South was willing to sacrifice slavery as this evidence reveals, how can slavery be the cause of secession?
6.  The Confederate Constitution clearly stated that there would be no importation of slaves into the Confederate states. Therefore, slavery would have eventually died out had they not been freed by Amendment 13. You may want to read "Slavery was not the cause of the War"  by Gene Kizer, Jr. and "The South was Right." by James R. and Walter D. Kennedy.
7.  Many people point to the Emancipation Proclamation as proof that the war was about slavery. The EP was not issued until several years into the war and there were TWO of them. The first EP written in 1862 distinctly specified that slaves were to be freed if the South does not return to the Union. The condition of the initial EP was slaves are to be freed if the South does not return to the Union…… not that the slaves are freed if the South does not end their servitude. When Lincoln’s final EP was issued, he freed slaves in the Confederacy which was no longer under his control and he failed to free slaves in the North.

8.  In 1861, Union General John C. Fremont emancipated the slaves in Missouri. Lincoln had him rescind this action and the slaves were returned to servitude. 

9. In 1772, future President Thomas Jefferson represented Albemarle County, Virginia, in his attempt to convince King George III of Britain to end the slave trade business. This was an example of the South's plan to end slavery. to-get-King-George-to-stop-the-slave-trade/

If the North went to war to end slavery, doesn’t it seem contradictory that they:

1.  Burned down homes, destroyed crops, stole livestock and pillaged, removed jewelry, silver and stole anything of value. And leaving citizens (elderly, children, pregnant women) homeless. Throwing dead animals into wells so as to contaminate the water making Southerners ill or causing death. Burning down courthouses, churches, businesses, killing civilians and more. 

 2.  Burned down two mills near Roswell, GA. The 400 mill workers (mostly naive and illiterate young women) were placed in railcars and sent to either Kentucky or Indiana where they were abandoned. Many women had to give up their children as they could not care for them. Women starved, couldn’t find work and most were unable to return home. The book "The Women will Howl" by Mary Deborah Petite documents this kidnapping. (The “Women will Howl” was a condescending, hateful and cruel comment by “evil” Union General William Tecumseh Sherman as he instructed his troops to capture the mill workers and place them on railcars headed North to unknown destinations).

3.  In New Orleans, Union General Benjamin Butler hanged private citizen, William Mumford, for removing the stars and stripes from in front of a federal building.

4. He also, imprisoned Eugenia Levy Phillips, a Jewish woman, for 3 months at Ship Island, MS for laughing at a funeral procession of a Union soldier.

5.  Union soldiers condemned freed slaves to the Devil’s Punch Bowl (concentration camp) in Natchez, MS where thousands perished.

Governor Northam wants to recognize the achievements of other Virginians not just those of Virginia's General Lee. Virginia can do so without removing its beautiful Confederate statues and history involving the Lees.  The following quote is from a Texas patriot and friend named Gary: “These destructions are disrespectful of the prior generations that built the civilizations that we live in today. The monuments, statutes and icons are historical fact and whether you like them, disagree with them or are on a zealous mission, there is no valid excuse for depriving the next generation of them in your quest to rewrite or sanitize what actually was. This is censorship of the worst kind, the rewriting of history or the hiding of it from public view. We are the caretaker generation....we have no right to censor history for the coming generations. What we end up with is a layer cake of the censorship of different generations....distorted history. Who we are and where we've come from is captured in that history (monuments, statues, memorials) and it should be honored and left as the inheritance of the past to the present.” Please leave Virginia's Robert E. Lee in place!!!! It's the right thing to do! And, it's inclusive.  Or, recall Virginia Governor Ralph Northam if he removes General Lee's Statue.


PS..I do this for my Mother, Lucy Staley Touchton whom

I lost in 1989 and for John F Staley, my Gr Grandfather, CSA, SC artillery.








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