Visited the Lee Chapel in Lexington, VA over the weekend. Great place to visit if you haven’t been there! I asked one of the staff what Lee’s views were toward Reconstruction. The person I spoke to wasn’t aware of an opinion one way or the other, only saying that Lee was very much for re-unifying the union and more or less burying the hatchet. Just wondering if anyone here has any other views or can point to any further resources for the topic. Thank you.
In public, he advocated burying the hatchet and peaceful reconciliation, promoting this through his own example. In his private correspondence, however, he made clear his disgust of Radical Reconstruction, but only would tolerate fighting it through political processes.