A holiday in Virginia

On the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr Day, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates the memories of two of its greatest heroes, General Robert Edward Lee and General Thomas Jonathan Jackson.

Today, Friday January 15th, 2010 is Lee-Jackson day.

Generals Lee and Jackson were not only great men and generals in the history of the Old Dominion, they are considered two of the finest generals in America’s history.

General Robert Edward Lee General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

Both men served the Old Dominion well and defended their homeland from the Union invaders during the War of Northern Aggression.  Jackson was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia’s Second Corps.  Based on Jackson’s success in the face of overwhelming odds, had he survived the war, the outcome may have been drastically different.

At the outbreak of the war Jackson said, “I do not expect to live to see the end of this war. Nor can I say that without victory I would desire to do so.”.  His words now seem prescient.  General Jackson was mortally wounded by friendly fire at the end of the Battle of Chancellorsville which was a route of the Union Army.

Take some time and reflect today.  Bow your head and think of Generals Lee and Jackson and the way things might have been.

Had the Confederate States prevailed in the war perhaps slavery would have ended in a more peaceful and harmonious manner.  Perhaps the rights of States would have been preserved.  And maybe, the germs of international Marxism, which infect our government and country today, would not have found fertile soil in this last, best hope of mankind.

God help us!