Sunday, January 15, 2006

Happy Robert E. Lee's Birthday!
I do believe a Mint Julep is in order

Five states - Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama - mark Robert E. Lee's birthday, January 19, as an official holiday. Virginia officially observes Lee/Jackson Day. But whether you are in the North or South, you can celebrate the life of this true Southern gentleman.

Here are some telling quotes, but remember, when you say them either out loud or in your head... they must be said with a Southern accent, it adds to the whole Dixie motif:

Character: As a general principle, you should not force young men to do their duty, but let them do it voluntarily and thereby develop their characters.

Conduct: We have only one rule here (at Washington College) to act like a gentleman at all times.

Defeat: We may be annihilated, but we cannot be conquered.

Dreams: All I ever wanted was a Virginia farm, no end of cream and fresh butter and fried chicken-not one fried chicken, or two, but unlimited fried chicken.

Duty: Do your duty. That is all the pleasure, all the comfort, all the glory we can enjoy in this world.

Forgiveness: Abandon your animosities, and make your sons Americans.

Honesty: The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.

Patriotism: These men are not an army-they are citizens defending their country.

Promotion: What do you care about rank? I would serve under a corporal if necessary!

Vengeance: It must be remembered that we make war only upon armed men, and that we cannot take vengeance for the wrongs our people have suffered without lowering ourselves in the eyes of all whose abhorrence has been excited by the atrocities of our enemies.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Archmich said...

Geeze, I'm in the wrong state! So glad you put up old Robert instead of that other black man. And to think all the kids and the Feds got the day off. Sheesh

7:17 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

A real classy guy.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Mint Julep?!? You ever had one? Don't ruin my bourbon, just give me my great Kentucky spring water straight up.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Easily one of the five finest Generals ever produced by the USA.

8:38 PM  

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