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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
fter the manner of the Cossacks.
From Camp Cooper, Texas, August 4, 1856, remembering that Mr. Custis always celebrated his country's birth by a patriotic speech of welcome to the many who visitederly, nor think that all things can be perfectly accomplished according to our own notions.
Mr. Custis, of Arlington, was very fond of cats, and his large yellow Tom was his constant attendant.
Sotion, Lieutenant-Colonel Lee assumed command of his regiment.
The death of his father-in-law, Mr. Custis, recalled him to Arlington in the fall of that year; but he returned as soon as possible to hieir free papers, as well as passes through the Confederate lines to go whither they would.
Mr. Custis in his will says: I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved daughter, Mary Custis Lee, my Arlinngton home; having asked for the second furlough, in a long career, to settle up the estate of Mr. Custis, being his sole executor, he was within range of the Secretary of War when that officer decide
was profitable, and was abolished when it was not, and that the Mayflower which landed the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock sailed on its very next voyage with a cargo of slaves.
He had found the negroes shucking corn and hoeing potatoes.
They had always been kindly treated by him; and no more happy, contented, well-clothed and well-fed negroes ever existed than those at Arlington.
He would not have fought to preserve slavery; he disapproved of it and had years before freed his own, and Mr. Custis had freed by will all of his. He regretted war, but did not regret as one of its results the probable freedom of the slave, although he knew that slavery had called a race of savages from superstition and idolatry and imparted to them a general knowledge of the precepts of religion.
Indeed, he is recorded as saying at that time that if he owned all the negroes of the South he would gladly yield them up for the preservation of the Union.
In 1861 Lee hoped and prayed that the Temple of Am