Tellingly, Lee devotees use a few words from his letter to his wife, to "prove" he was against slavery.
Actually, actions matter more than words -- but even so, read the entire letter.
Lee's own letter, not only defends slavery, it is one of the most velvety smooth defenses of torture ever written. God knew and intended slaves feel painful discipline. Pain -- specifically pain -- is necessary for their instruction.
Slaves "must endure painful discipline" because God intended it to be thus. A common excuse for slavery, bet you never heard this, is that blacks were being punished for biblical sins. In fact the VP of the Confederacy boasted about that, whites were doing Gods will to punish blacks!
WHO ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH THE WORDS?
Plus, what "scholars" don't tell you, all of the defense of slavery comes from someone's else's writings, Lee copied it almost word for word, thought for thought, from a book with letter in it, written by Daniel Webster. Lee would know which books his wife had.
Yet books today claim Lee really cared about bringing "souls to Christ" and freed his slaves, didn't believe in slavery -- bullshit.,
No one said anything like that (that Lee was against slavery, freed his slaves, etc) at the time, during his life. Books written about Lee sometimes did not even mention slavery, not one word.
Lee was called "King of Spades" early in the Civil War, in Southern newspapers, in jocular reference of the 5,000 or more slaves Lee used in building the massive defenses around Richmond. Pryor does not mention this in her book, but it's an example of what Southern "historians" have labored to pretend it was a term of endearment from his soldiers.
Most people assume Lee was in charge of an army immediately. No -- Lee was an engineer, not a fighting soldier. Until John Brown capture -- Lee was not in battle, and even with John Brown, Lee only got their late, after Brown was surrounded. Lee was in his civilian clothes.
Nor did Davis use Lee in combat at first -- he used Lee to build the massive earth works that played such a huge role in prolonging the war. The earth works were massive, row after row of deeply dug ditches, 70 miles long, that were impossible to dislodge by cannon of the day.
Local papers called Lee "King of Spades" because blacks were used to dig the earth works, and Lee was in charge.
But Lee "historians" like Freeman sure aren't going to tell you that. Freeman came up with the bullshit excuse about King of Spades. It was repeated, ever since, and was never true.