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 Posted: Wed Jun 16th, 2010 10:01 pm
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Ok, I exaggerated a little, but Connelly argues in "The Marble Man" that Lee was not the reluctant secessionist. It’s been a while since I read the book but I think most of his basis for this was his correspondence with the Virginian government following their secession and how quickly he resigned his commission in the US Army and accepted a new one in the Confederate Army. Connelly basically argues that Lee was an opportunist who felt that he would a better chance of enhancing his career by going South. I find this argument a bit hard to swallow since Lee had been offered the job that McDowell eventually took and had a suberb reputation in the US Army. If I remember correctly his first assignments in the Confederate Army were a small command in western Virginia and then inspecting forts along the Atlantic coast. Anyway, I think I have probably strayed off the path of Lee’s views toward slavery, so I’ll let more knowledgeable folks discuss that topic. Cheers!


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