This characteristic was noted by all who came in contact with him, and not a few will cordially echo the remark of the venerable Dr. White
, who said, with deep feeling, during the memorial services, ‘He belonged to one branch of the Church
and I to another; yet, in my intercourse with him—an intercourse rendered far more frequent and intimate by the tender sympathy he felt in my ill health—the thought never occurred to me that we belonged to different churches.
His love for the truth, and for all that is good and useful, was such as to render his brotherly kindness and charity as boundless as were the wants and sorrows of his race.’
It were an easy task to write pages more in illustration of the Christian
character of our great leader; but the above must suffice.
If I have ever come in contact with a sincere, devout Christian
—one who, seeing himself to be a sinner, trusted alone in the merits of Christ
—who humbly tried to walk the path of duty, ‘looking unto Jesus’ as the author and finisher of his faith— and whose piety constantly exhibited itself in his daily life—that man was General R. E. Lee