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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 2:38 p.m. PST

"Four years at war had made Robert Lee an old man. Even the most devoted of his intimates noted it. Colonel Armistead Long of his staff wrote:

"He had aged somewhat in appearance … but had rather gained than lost in physical vigor, from the severe life he had led. His hair had grown gray, but his face had the ruddy hue of health, and his eyes were as clear and bright as ever.… Though always abstemious in diet, he seemed able to bear any amount of fatigue."

Lee rode the crooked crescent of his lines almost daily even now, peering over the bristling forts and ditches to the enemy. He still wore a uniform of plain gray, without the buff facings and gold lace affected by general officers, so that many men took him for a colonel. A North Carolina captain looked at him in wonder: "There is a fearless look of self-possession without a trace of arrogance."…"



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William Warner14 Feb 2020 7:47 p.m. PST

Fascinating and very well written, but alas, no indication of the author. Thanks for posting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2020 10:49 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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