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The Real Robert E. Lee

July 3, 2013

Today is the 150th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of ?Gettysburg, and with that in mind, it?s worth remembering the particular actions of Confederate soldiers a week earlier, as they marched north into Pennsylvania.

In the movement that culminated in Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee?s men kidnapped free blacks by the hundreds?men, women, and children. Up to a thousand were captured and forced into labor with the Confederate Army. And during the eventual retreat from Pennsylvania, they were sent South. Once in Virginia, they were returned to their former owners, or if born free, sold into slavery.

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