Lessons Learned



I was suitably impressed by the recent article provided by Mr. Tyree, revealing the facts that precipitated the War for States Rights, the more accurate description of those events.

Perhaps the article will dissuade future ‘biased' reviews by the unqualified, to demean and degrade the Southern culture.

From what we have learned from Mr. Tyree, aptly named for one who had ‘been there' and ‘done that.' You can imagine the feelings of the Southern families (women and children) when a troop or ‘Yankee' cavalry rode through their crops and fields, into their front yard, flying ‘Old Glory.' The sight of their barns burning, stock being stolen, meager food supplies looted, probably made the point "enemies of the free states" very clear, to say nothing of the subsequent destruction of the American Indian culture. Under the same banner called ‘Old Glory.' If there is any history lesson to follow, at last, the truth should be revealed.

While reading the biography of Robert E. Lee -- who was unquestionably a fine Christian gentleman of the South, whose father was ‘Light Horse' Harry Lee, General Washington's good friend and comrade -- (there is) a letter to his mother, while attending the military academy at West Point. Robert E. made this point of observation, "Mother, there are no gentlemen from the North."

This is somehow prophetic of the attitudes revealed in the letters that have been sent into your mail call.

Mr. Tyree's opening statement was certainly accurate.

From what we have just learned from the article about ‘flags,' the writer just broadened General Lee's observation to include the subject at hand, that Robert E. Lee was graduated first in his class, without a single demerit while in attendance at the Point. The only other officer to achieve this distinction was Douglas MacArthur.

I am not a Southerner by birth, but a student of historical events. I refer to the observations of a noted writer and author who served with the famous ‘Mosebey's Rangers' of the Confederacy, "Lies travel faster, but the truth stays around a lot longer." -- Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

With due thanks to the "History Channel" for added material.

R. E. Tyler, Lakeside

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