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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Robert Edward Lee. (search)
Lee the epithet of traitor, and with merciless and faultless logic, demonstrates that if Lee was a traitor, so also, and indisputably, were George Washington, Oliver Cromwell, John Hampden and William of Orange, and further, that the man who pursued Lee's course after the war had not, could not have had in his whole being one drop of traitor's blood or conceived a treacherous thought. It is in this speech, which is entitled Shall Cromwell have a Statue? that he proposes that the Federal Government shall provide a site for an equestrian statue of Lee in the city of Washington, and shows that the choice of Lee, when he put aside the temptations of ambitione people, and, as in England, the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster are entwined together in fragrant garlands of fraternal love, and a statue of Cromwell stands in the yard of Westminster Hall, where his skull was once exposed to insult; as in Mexico, the statues of Viceroy, Emperor, Dictator, King and President a