Sunday 27 December 1863.
Lee’s son Major-General W.H.F. Lee was a prisoner at Fortress Monroe for nine long months. General Benjamin F. Butler, in charge, refused to allow him to visit his dying wife, although his brother, Cusits Lee, of equal rank, had volunteered in writing to take his place for forty-eight hours as a hostage, until the brother should return to his captivity. The wife died calling for her captive husband.
In a letter to his wife, dated as above General Lee said:
“Custis’s (his other son) dispatch which I received last night demolished all the hopes, in which I had been indulging during the day, of dear Charlotte’s recovery. It has pleased God to take from us one exceedingly dear to us, and we must be resigned to His holy will. She, I trust, will enjoy peace and happiness forever, while we must patiently struggle on under all the ills that may be in store for us. What a glorious thought it is that she has joined others in heaven! Thus link by link is the strong chain broken that binds us to earth, and our passage soothed to another world.Oh, that we may be at last united in that heaven of rest, where trouble and sorrow never enter, to join an everlasting chorus of praise and glory to our Lord and Saviour! I grieve for our lost darling as a father only can grieve for a daughter, and my sorrow is heightened by the thought of the anguish her death will cause our dear son and the poignancy it will give the bars of his prison. May God in His mercy enable him to bear the blow He has so suddenly dealt, and sanctify it to his everlasting happiness”.
Her death was a great blow to Lee.
Note that there was no word of bitterness against General Butler, the most hated Northern general in all the South.
End of Quotation.
Truly this man was resigned to God’s providence.
In a letter to his oldest son, written on Sunday, May 4th 1851.
“Hold yourself above every mean action. Be strictly honorable in every act, and be not ashamed to do right. Acknowledge right to be your aim and strive to reach it”.
In a further letter to this son, written on Sunday, December 28th 1851.
“May you have many happy years, all bringing you an increase of virtue and wisdom, all witnessing your prosperity in this life, all bringing you nearer to everlasting happiness hereafter. May God in His great mercy grant me this, my constant prayer”.
As I continue to prepare for our family holiday I’m trying to complete my reading schedule for our church reading roundabout. I hadn’t included this book (Robert E Lee The Christian by William J Johnson) in the sidebar as I couldn’t find it on Amazon when I was compiling that list but this is my current read anyway.
Regardless, this is a great book. I have little knowledge of American history and am enjoying learning in short bursts these days. The one thing that impresses me about this man is his yearning for his family to honor the Lord in all that they do. Shouldn’t this be the cry of all our hearts?
I’m only at chapter seven but have already come across various quotes I want to remember.
Saturday February 27 1847 in a letter to his sons (aged 14 & 10)
“I shall not feel my long separation from you, if I find that my absence has been of no injury to you, and that you have both grown in goodness and knowledge, as well as stature. But, ah! how much I will suffer on my return, if the reverse has occurred! You enter all my thoughts, into all my prayers; and on you, in part, will depend whether I shall be happy or miserable, as you know how much I love you. You must do all in your power to save me pain”.
I was thinking of this in regard to our own children, it shouldn’t surprise us that they don’t see that it’s because we love them so much that they can potentially cause us so much pain.
How many families do you know (even in Christian circles) where the parents have been caused so much pain because their children turned away from the things of God?
Praying that God would humble us to realise we must plead with him for the souls of our children and daily instruct them in the way they should go.
When General Lee wrote this letter he was sailing to Mexico and was potentially going to be away from home for a long period, yet the letter and his prayers show us his heart was concerned with the Spiritual growth of his children.
What are you concerned for with regard to your children?
It’s Wednesday again and over at Shannon’s it’s Works-for-me-Wednesday time again.
Be warned …….. I’m looking for some help ladies………………………..
To-day I’ve got a couple of tips for cooking while camping and I’ve also included a recipe for good measure.
The theme is absolutely nothing to do with the fact we’re heading on a camping trip in just over a weeks time and that’s what’s on my mind…………………………. well ok then that’s not entirely true 🙂
The best way to have an enjoyable holiday is to plan all the meals before you go. Most people keep a meal planner anyway so this isn’t anything new. You’re going to have more time to enjoy your holiday if you meals are all planned in advance.
As well as doing this I also take tiny zip-lock bags with many ingredients already measured out and labelled.
Eg. For a Curry recipe I will have the spices all in a bag with the flour. These are all added at the same time in the recipe so it saves you carrying loads of jars of spices with you. I also weigh out portions of rice and pasta for those dishes, to save me taking big boxes and packets with me.
This recipe is ideal for camping as you only use one saucepan:
Chicken & Basmati Rice
2-3 Chicken fillets chopped finely
100mls olive oil,
1 carrot chopped finely
1 tin tomatoes
1 onion chopped
2 chicken stock cubes
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon hot chilli powder
Heat the olive oil in saucepan, add the onion and spices, salt and chicken stock cube. (Have spices pre-measured salt and combined with 2 stock cubes in a zip-lock bag). Add the chicken and cook, gradually add the tomatoes and the chopped carrots. Allow carrots and chicken to cook then add the rice and some water. When the rice is cooked the dish is ready. This is lovely served with some crusty loaf.
(We like to add more spices to make it hotter but that’s to your own taste).
Time is running out and I haven’t all nights accounted for in my meal planner yet!! – (We will have two gas rings and a grill).
I’d love you to share any camping tips or recipes you have……