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Military Order of the Stars and Bars
Florida Society

Welcome to the web site of the Florida Society of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars!

History and Purpose of the MOS&B
The War Between the States produced some of the most outstanding civil and military leaders in the history of mankind.  To perpetuate the idealism that animated the Confederate Cause and to honor the courage, devotion and endurance of those who dedicated their lives and services during four years of devastating war, and who, throughout the dreadful decade of reconstruction, labored heroically for the restoration of self-government as the most precious heritage of the American Revolution, male descendants of the officers who honorably served in the Army, Navy and other commands of the Confederate States of America and male descendants of the elected and appointed officials of the Confederate Executive and Legislative branches of government unite to establish The Military Order of the Stars and Bars, a patriotic Society.  This Preamble shall not be subject to amendment or change.
"All that was, or is now, desired is that error and injustice be excluded from the text-books of the schools and from the literature brought into our homes; that the truth be told, without exaggeration and without omission; truth for its own sake and for the sake of honest history, and that the generations to come after us not be left to bear the burden of shame and dishonor unrighteously laid upon the name of their noble sires."
Rev. James Power Smith,
Last Survivor of the Staff of Lt. General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

The Wisdom of General Robert Edward Lee

We can learn from the character of a man through his own words. Here is a sample of General Robert E. Lee's wisdom and thoughts on various topics:

Character: As a general principle, you should not force young men to do their duty, but let them do it voluntarily and thereby develop their characters.
Choices: I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
Conduct: We have only one rule here [at Washington College] – to act like a gentleman at all times.
Defeat: We may be annihilated, but we cannot be conquered.
Determination: We had, I was satisfied, sacred principles to maintain and rights to defend, for which we were in duty bound to do our best, even if we perished in the endeavor.
Dreams: All I ever wanted was a Virginia farm, no end of cream and fresh butter and fried chicken - not one fried chicken, or two, but unlimited fried chicken.
Duty: Do your duty. That is all the pleasure, all the comfort, all the glory we can enjoy in this world.
Education: The education of a man or woman is never completed until they die
Faith. I trust that a kind Providence will watch over us, and notwithstanding our weakness and sins will yet give us a name and place among the nations of the earth.
Farewells: After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself. I bid you an affectionate farewell.
Forgiveness: Abandon your animosities, and make your sons Americans.
Honesty: The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.
Honor: A true man of honor feels humble himself when he can not help humbling others.
Integrity: There is a true glory and a true honor, the glory of duty done - the honor of the integrity of principle.
Loyalty: If the Union is dissolved, the government disrupted, I shall return to my native state and share in the miseries of my people. Save in her defense, I will draw my sword no more.
Patriotism: These men are not an army - they are citizens defending their country.
Perseverance: We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.
Promotion: What do you care about rank? I would serve under a corporal if necessary!
Purpose: I am glad to see no indication in your letter of an intention to leave the country. I think the South requires the aid of her sons now more than at any period in her history. As you ask my purpose, I will state that I have no thought of abandoning her unless compelled to do so.
Regrets: If I had taken General Longstreet's advice on the eve of the second day of the battle of Gettysburg ... [then] the Confederates would today be a free people.
Atrocities: I have never witnessed on any previous occasion such 'entire disregard of the usage of civilized warfare and the dictates of humanity.
Vengeance: It must be remembered that we make war only upon armed men, and that we cannot take vengeance for the wrongs our people have suffered without lowering ourselves in the eyes of all whose abhorrence has been excited by the atrocities of our enemies.  
Select Readings on Robert E. Lee
·Douglas Southall Freeman, R.E. Lee (1934)
·A. L. Long, Memoirs of Robert E Lee (1887)  

General Robert Edward Lee



General Robert E. Lee