U.S. owes much to Washington, Lee

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MIKE MCADOO San Fran­cisco

Be­ing the great-great grand­son of a Union sol­dier who gave the last full mea­sure of devo­tion to pre­serve the Union in the blood­i­est war in Amer­i­can his­tory, I have a vested in­ter­est in the ac­tions of the Alexan­dria Epis­co­pal Church and the crit­ics of Gen. Kelly’s re­marks about the Civil War.

Gens. Washington and Lee were revered by their peers. The re­moval of his­tor­i­cal plaques de­voted to th­ese two men due to one be­ing a slave holder and the other hav­ing a wife who owned slaves does not do jus­tice to their gen­er­a­tions or to the cur­rent cit­i­zens of the United States. Washington, for all his faults, set the tone for the pres­i­dency. He re­tired to Mt. Ver­non af­ter an eight-year pres­i­dency, which in the era of Napoleon and other em­per­ors and czars and czari­nas was quite re­mark­able. Lee, who could not find it in his heart to turn against his beloved Vir­ginia, could have ini­ti­ated a guer­rilla war af­ter Ap­po­mat­tox but chose not to do so. Our na­tion has evolved for the bet­ter be­cause of th­ese two men.

In mak­ing his com­ments about the Civil War hav­ing been the re­sult of the re­fusal of some to com­pro­mise, Mr. Kelly demon­strated the wis­dom of King Solomon. Peo­ple should view Lin­coln’s first in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, as well as his let­ter to Ho­race Gree­ley, dated Aug. 22, 1862. He was clearly will­ing to com­pro­mise. Oth­ers were not, and the re­sult was the loss of over 750,000 lives.

We should put cur­rent mon­u­ments along­side his­tor­i­cal ones in or­der to il­lus­trate a per­spec­tive that re­flects the con­tri­bu­tions of men and women of good­will who fur­thered the cause of in­de­pen­dence and equal­ity.

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