From Episode 1 of BOOK 2 (Season 2) of the 1986 TV mini-series "North and South" directed by Kevin Connor and based on the 1984 novel "Love and War" by John Jakes. Patrick Swayze as Orry Main (fictional hero). Lloyd Bridges as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. William Schallert as Confede... More
From Episode 1 of BOOK 2 (Season 2) of the 1986 TV mini-series "North and South" directed by Kevin Connor and based on the 1984 novel "Love and War" by John Jakes. Patrick Swayze as Orry Main (fictional hero). Lloyd Bridges as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. William Schallert as Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
I have DISABLED COMMENTS on this video clip because it has generated far too much discussion about Africa-American slavery, which is denounced by Bobby Lee in front of Jefferson Davis in this video. Lee was really arguing with Davis about the Confederacy's grand strategy to win the war, but viewers instead prefer to talk about that rather tiresome issue of slavery.
Before you accuse this great TV mini-series of trying to whitewash Bobby Lee's historical reputation, please read up on exactly HOW Bobby Lee became a "slave owner".
Bobby Lee was the younger son of Lighthorse Harry Lee who had died penniless, and thus Bobby Lee never inherited any slaves from his own family. Bobby Lee did not become a "slave owner" until his father-in-law George Washington Parke Custis died, leaving a will (a testament) appointing his son-in-law Bobby Lee as executor and instructing that the slaves continue to be enslaved for a few more years before being set free because the estate Arlington House was a financial mess and needed the slave labour for a little while more. In short, Bobby Lee inherited control of the slaves from his wife's side of the family, and was following the direction set by his late father-in-law's will to bring the Arlington House estate back to financial health.
As executor of the estate, Bobby Lee had control but NOT ownership of the slaves which belonged to his wife Mary Anna Custis who was the inheritor (heiress) of the estate. Bobby Lee eventually freed the slaves of Arlington House just days before Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, about 5 years after Bobby Lee became a so-called "slave owner".
In short, the Custis Family's slaves fell on Bobby Lee's lap when Bobby, as executor, assumed control in Year 1857 of a financial train wreck left behind by his late father-in-law who had instructed him to bring back to order with use of the slaves.
Thus, there is nothing contradictory between Bobby Lee, the reluctant and unwilling "slave owner" by cruel twist of fate, and Bobby Lee's own moral condemnation of slavery as "a moral and political evil in any Country" in his December 1856 personal letter to his wife, who was the inheritor of the Custis Family's slaves. I trust that this sets the record straight about Robert E. Lee and his own personal connection to African-American slavery. If Bobby Lee had stayed as a bachelor, no one would even try to connect Bobby Lee personally with slavery.
The purpose of my YouTube channel is education of military history, and NOT the social issues which may arise from the military history. Any discussion by viewers of these social issues is a unwanted digression from my intent behind posting this particular video clip where Lee and Davis are arguing about military strategy and NOT slavery.Less