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|Not forgeting a thing. Are you saying "my state (vs. country) right or wrong" trumps deep felt convictions about what is correct? Or, oh no, everyone expects me to fight, there go my principles? You make Lee sound like a certain ex-president, who he certainly shines greater than in my esteem. Lee's opinion of seccession is pretty plain in that quote, to say he acted on his convictions when he acted contrary to that stated conviction really is spinning on your part, especially when you throw in the part about not wanting to offend public opinion--That's not conviction.
BTW, based on that Lee quote, he would not quibble with calling it the War of Rebellion, no?