Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sorrow For Those Left Behind

This entry is from Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee, by Captain Robert E Lee, his Son.  Here Lee writes to his wife about the battle at Mannassas.

July 27th, 1861 Richmond
"…That indeed was a glorious victory and has lightened the pressure upon our front amazingly. Do not grieve for the brave dead.  Sorrow for those they left behind—friends, relatives, and families. The former are at rest. The latter must suffer. The battle will be repeated there in greater force. I hope God will again smile on us and strengthen our hearts and arms. I wished to partake in the former struggle, and am mortified at my absence, but the President thought it more important I should be here. I could not have done as well as has been done, but I could have helped, and taken part in the struggle for my home and neighbourhood.. . .
Robert E. Lee, from

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