Army April ' Virginia 9 April ' On October 2, , the same day that Lee was inaugurated as president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia , he signed his Amnesty Oath, thereby complying fully with the provision of Johnson's proclamation. Lee was not pardoned, nor was his citizenship restored. Three years later, on December 25, , Johnson proclaimed a second amnesty which removed previous exceptions, such as the one that affected Lee.
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Lee, who had opposed secession and remained mostly indifferent to politics before the Civil War, supported President Andrew Johnson 's plan of Presidential Reconstruction that took effect in — However, he opposed the Congressional Republican program that took effect in In February , he was called to testify before the Joint Congressional Committee on Reconstruction in Washington, where he expressed support for Johnson's plans for quick restoration of the former Confederate states, and argued that restoration should return, as far as possible, to the status quo ante in the Southern states' governments with the exception of slavery.
Lee told the Committee, " They wish to see them get on in the world, and particularly to take up some occupation for a living, and to turn their hands to some work. In an interview in May , Lee said: "The Radical party are likely to do a great deal of harm, for we wish now for good feeling to grow up between North and South, and the President, Mr. Johnson, has been doing much to strengthen the feeling in favor of the Union among us. The relations between the Negroes and the whites were friendly formerly, and would remain so if legislation be not passed in favor of the blacks, in a way that will only do them harm.
In , Lee's ally Alexander H.
Stuart drafted a public letter of endorsement for the Democratic Party's presidential campaign , in which Horatio Seymour ran against Lee's old foe Republican Ulysses S. Lee signed it along with thirty-one other ex-Confederates. The Democratic campaign, eager to publicize the endorsement, published the statement widely in newspapers. They have grown up in our midst, and we have been accustomed from childhood to look upon them with kindness. But this opposition springs from no feeling of enmity, but from a deep-seated conviction that, at present, the negroes have neither the intelligence nor the other qualifications which are necessary to make them safe depositories of political power.
In his public statements and private correspondence, Lee argued that a tone of reconciliation and patience would further the interests of white Southerners better than hotheaded antagonism to federal authority or the use of violence.
Lee repeatedly expelled white students from Washington College for violent attacks on local black men, and publicly urged obedience to the authorities and respect for law and order. By doing this and encouraging our citizens to engage in the duties of life with all their heart and mind, with a determination not to be turned aside by thoughts of the past and fears of the future, our country will not only be restored in material prosperity, but will be advanced in science, in virtue and in religion.
On September 28, , Lee suffered a stroke. He died two weeks later, shortly after 9 a. According to one account, his last words on the day of his death, were "Tell Hill he must come up. Strike the tent",  but this is debatable because of conflicting accounts and because Lee's stroke had resulted in aphasia , possibly rendering him unable to speak. At first no suitable coffin for the body could be located. The muddy roads were too flooded for anyone to get in or out of the town of Lexington.
An undertaker had ordered three from Richmond that had reached Lexington, but due to unprecedented flooding from long-continued heavy rains, the caskets were washed down the Maury River. Two neighborhood boys, C. Chittum and Robert E. Hillis, found one of the coffins that had been swept ashore. Undamaged, it was used for the General's body, though it was a bit short for him.
As a result, Lee was buried without shoes.
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Among the supporters of the Confederacy, Lee came to be even more revered after his surrender than he had been during the war, when Stonewall Jackson had been the great Confederate hero. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbour without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington, without his reward.
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By the end of the 19th century, Lee's popularity had spread to the North. According to my notion of military history there is as much instruction both in strategy and in tactics to be gleaned from General Lee's operations of as there is to be found in Napoleon's campaigns of Military historians continue to pay attention to his battlefield tactics and maneuvering, though many think he should have designed better strategic plans for the Confederacy.
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He was not given full direction of the Southern war effort until late in the conflict. Historian Eric Foner writes that at the end of his life,. Lee has been commemorated on U. A second "regular-issue" stamp was issued in His horse Traveller is pictured in the background. Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia was commemorated on its th anniversary on November 23, , with a 3-cent postage stamp. The central design is a view of the university, flanked by portraits of generals George Washington and Robert E. The stamp was issued on September 19, , in conjunction with the dedication of the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia on May 9, The design of the stamp replicates the memorial, the largest high relief sculpture in the world.
It is carved on the side of Stone Mountain feet above the ground. Stone Mountain also led to Lee's appearance on a commemorative coin , the Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar. During the s and '30s dozens of specially designed half dollars were struck to raise money for various events and causes. This issue had a particularly wide distribution, with 1,, minted. Unlike some of the other issues it remains a very common coin. The auction included more than documents of Lee's from the estate of the parents of Willcox that had been in the family for generations.
South Carolina sued to stop the sale on the grounds that the letters were official documents and therefore property of the state, but the court ruled in favor of Willcox. In , after the war, Lee was paroled and signed an oath of allegiance , asking to have his citizenship of the United States restored. However, his application was misplaced and as a result he did not receive a pardon and his citizenship was not restored. Lee was introduced into the Senate by Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. I-VA , the result of a five-year campaign to accomplish this. The resolution, which enacted Public Law , was passed, and the bill was signed by President Gerald Ford on September 5.
Lee opposed the construction of public memorials to Confederate rebellion on the grounds that they would prevent the healing of wounds inflicted during the war. Lee Circle is situated along New Orleans's famous St. Charles Avenue. Around the corner from Lee Circle is New Orleans's Confederate museum , which contains the second-largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world. In Tivoli Circle, New Orleans, from the centre and apex of its green flowery mound, an immense column of pure white marble rises in the On its dizzy top stands the bronze figure of one of the world's greatest captains.
He is alone. Not one of his mighty lieutenants stand behind, beside or below him.
His arms are folded on that breast that never knew fear, and his calm, dauntless gaze meets the morning sun as it rises, like the new prosperity of the land he loved and served so masterly, above the far distant battle fields where so many thousands of his gray veterans lie in the sleep of fallen heroes. Arlington House, The Robert E. During the Civil War, the grounds of the mansion were selected as the site of Arlington National Cemetery , in part to ensure that Lee would never again be able to return to his home.
The United States designated the mansion as a National Memorial to Lee in , a mark of widespread respect for him in both the North and South. This monument to Lee was unveiled on May 29, ; over , people attended this dedication. That has been described as "the day white Virginia stopped admiring Gen. Lee and started worshiping him". Lee's portrayal on a mural on Richmond's Flood Wall on the James River , considered offensive by some, was removed in the late s, but currently is back on the flood wall.
They did rename Lee Park, Emancipation Park. The prospect of the statues being removed and the parks being renamed brought many out-of-towners, described as white supremacist and alt-right , to Charlottesville in the Unite the Right rally of August , in which 3 people died. For several months the monuments were shrouded in black. As of October , the fate of the statue of Lee is unresolved.
Lee Memorial Park.
The cathedral plans to keep the windows and eventually display them in historical context. An equestrian statue of Lee was installed in Robert E. A statue of Robert E. Lee is one of the figures depicted in bas-relief carved into Stone Mountain near Atlanta.
Accompanying him on horseback in the relief are Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. The birthday of Robert E. Lee is celebrated or commemorated in several states. Day which is the third Monday in January. Day,   while in Georgia, this occurred on the day after Thanksgiving before , when the state stopped officially recognizing the holiday.