By JUDE DOUGHERTY
Hamilton Reed Armstrong is one of the Western world’s foremost sculptors, with remarkable pieces that are to be found in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and throughout North America. Not to mention Zambia. A major example of his work graces a town square in Malaga. The sculptor of heads of state and other notables, Armstrong has most recently completed a bust of Robert E. Lee.
Apart from an online photograph, you are not likely to see Lee’s image where you might expect to find it, that is, at the Richmond Art Gallery, the President’s Office at Washington and Lee University, or even at the Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington, Va.
Political correctness has taken its toll. Jefferson, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, and others are denigrated because, like others of their and previous generations, they owned slaves or were associated in some way with slavery. Whether they condoned slavery or not does not make a difference to the revisionists, who like ISIS want to destroy the past for political gain.
In addition to Jefferson and Washington, virtually all the great leaders of the Southern states were owners of slaves, including Madison, Monroe, Rutledge, Randolph, and all who served in the creation of the American republic in the years of the Revolutionary War.
In the case of Robert E. Lee, never mind that that he did not approve of slavery and was against resolving political conflict on the battlefield. Lee was born at Stratford, Va., in 1807, the son of Harry Lee and Anne Hill Carter. Both sides of the family were part of the state’s ruling class that determined Virginia’s colonial destiny and contributed leadership to the American Revolution. … Continue Reading