Monday, September 6, 2010

The Making of a Masterpiece: Unconquered Spirit

After suffering a stunning defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg in early July 1863, a bruised and battered Army of Northern Virginia retreated south from Pennsylvania, back into the familiar fields of the Old Dominion.

On August 8th, General Robert E. Lee sent a letter of resignation to Confederate States President Jefferson Davis, who summarily rejected the offer. Davis, like Lee’s men, had retained belief in their supreme commander and his ability to lead.

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