Robert E. Lee and Me – Staff Review – Maddie

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the myth of the lost cause, it’s origin dates to the 1890-1920s and claims the Southern states seceded for states rights, when, in fact, they left over slavery.
Ty Seidule is a retired soldier and former head of West Point Military Academy’s history department who grew up in Virginia looking up to and almost worshipping General Robert E. Lee and the Lost Cause myth. It wasn’t until he was an adult that he learned the truth about the Civil War and why Lee, among other confederate soldiers, left the union. This left him with more questions than answers and he would spend years researching the history and why so many confederate soldiers are commemorated across the country with monuments. Many readers may be surprised to hear that many of these statues weren’t erected until the 1890s-1930s or later. I highly recommend this book to those who have been interested in the controversial subject of the removal of confederate statues in recent years or that want to learn more about the Myth of the Lost Cause.

4 stars.