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Should General Robert E. Lee be considered an American hero?

One the one hand, he was born in the USA and served it well for many years. He lead and fought well many men who were once Americans, and then Americans again. Of course on the other hand, he fought against the USA, perhaps trying to conserve what he believed the USA should have been. What do you think?

Asked By: Uncle Pennybags - 1/3/2010
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A trip down Monument Ave. in Richmond, VA will show you that Lee is already considered a hero. Whether or not he should be an “American” hero, that is, someone who is recognized nationally as a hero is hard to say. I understand the argument that he was committing treason, though I don’t personally agree with it... More
Answered By: Virginia Gentleman - 1/3/2010
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He should be an American Hero to every Yankee. Otherwise you'd need a visa to pass across the Virginia state line.
Answered By: tarheel_9999 - 1/3/2010
 
Well, he should be considered a tragic Hero. He was anti slavery. He only fought for the south because he did not wish to betray his state. And he was a great general.
Answered By: Blank For Now - 1/3/2010
 
Yes. He fought for what he believed to be right. http://www.nationscrier.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:lees-character&Itemid=62
Answered By: studentofthepast - 1/3/2010
 
At the most crucial point in its history, Lee chose treason. I'd sooner see a memorial to Benedict Arnold... More
Answered By: Michael N - 1/3/2010
 
Yes I think he should be considered an American hero, after all he fought for the South. He thought he was right and so did a lot of other people who fought beside him. He fought for what he thought was right at the time, only history has proved him wrong.
Answered By: Laredo - 1/3/2010
 
A native of old Virginia, i'd say he was an american hero... but that's just me
Answered By: Its not me Its u - 1/3/2010
 
Lee is a giant in American history, and one of the greatest generals in the history of human warfare. Had he accepted the command of Union troops that President Lincoln offered him, the Civil War probably would have ended years earlier with many fewer casualties, and Lee probably would have been the next President of... More
Answered By: classmate - 1/3/2010
 
He is a hero because he is an American General that fought bravely. Many of the Forts of the US Army are named after Southern Civil war generals. Ft Lee, Ft Jackson, Ft Gordon, Ft Picket, Ft Story, etc... More
Answered By: Gone Rogue - 1/4/2010
 
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