Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.
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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to ROBERT E. LEE, in a letter to his son, G. W. Custis Lee, dated April 5, 1852, and published in the New York Sun, November 26, 1864, p. 2.Although accepted as authentic by many nineteenth century writers, and used for the inscription under Lees bust in New York Universitys Hall of Fame in 1901, repudiation of its authenticity began shortly after its publication, beginning with articles in two Richmond, Virginia, newspapers. The most complete summary of evidence indicating the letter was spurious may be found in Charles Alfred Graves, The Forged Letter of General Robert E. Lee and its Supplementary Paper .
Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 October 12, 1870) was a career army officer and the most successful general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. He eventually commanded all Confederate armies as general-in-chief. Like Hannibal earlier and Erwin Rommel later, his victories against superior forces in an ultimately losing cause won him enduring fame. After the war, he urged sectional reconciliation, and spent his final years as president of the college that would come to bear his name. Lee remains an iconic figure of the Confederacy to this day.
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