ROBERT E. LEE by Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943)

The man was loved, the man was idolized, The man had every just and noble gift. He took great burdens and he bore them well, Believed in God but did not preach too much, Believed and followed duty first and last With marvellous consistency and force, Was a great victor, in defeat as great, No more, no less, always himself in both, Could make men die for him but saved his men Whenever he could save them was most kind But was not disobeyed was a good father, A loving husband, a considerate friend.

General Robert E. Lee

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