Like John Ashmore, Robert E. Lee lived most of his life as a “Union-loving” man, but ultimately decided to go with his state, and against the Union, when Virginia seceded in 1861. Most of the monuments and statues erected in Lee’s honor (at least implicitly) commemorate his service to the Confederacy. As demonstrated by recent protests in Virginia and elsewhere, statues of Confederate soldiers on public grounds mean different things to different people…
To answer this question, you will need to contemplate how white southerners understood secession and Civil War: why did they secede? What were they fighting for?
Consider the following statements:
Given all of this, what is the “heritage” of the Confederacy? Based on its historical roots, what should a Robert E. Lee monument represent to any observer, black or white, northern or southern, American or other?