The Nation: Restoring Lee

For more than 100 years, Robert E. Lee has been something of a man with out a country. Never mind that he was one of the most illustrious and magnanimous generals in U.S. history. After he surrendered his sword at Appomattox, he apparently failed to take an oath of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, which many Confederates were obliged to do if they wished to regain the full U.S. citizenship that they had forfeited. Up to his death in 1870, he was denied citizenship. Ever since, Southern sympathizers have been trying to recover it...

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