Address Your Sons
(A Comparative Analysis of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Lee’s Letter to His Son)
Margaret Mitchell once said: “They knew that love snatched in the face of danger and death was doubly sweet for the strange excitement that went with it.” The Civil war was a trying time for the American people, whether they were on the battlefield or at home. Although the name is quite deceiving, there was nothing civil about this war.I was fought with the violence and brutality that would define a century. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Lee take interesting stances on their Civil War texts Gettysburg Address and Lee’s Letter to His Son.
Both Lee and Lincoln had a rather emotionally detached deliverance in the content of their texts. It was for the best interest of the diverging country for Lincoln to remain impartial to the current state of the Civil War. If he were to so much as hint at blaming the North or the South for the demolition of the country and its people, it would only further divide the nation’s people. His speech is highly acclaimed for its academically influenced undertones. Emotional appeals are not found in either text. Letter to His Son is quite interesting considering this fact. This letter was personal, and more often than not do personal letters contain the writer's inner most feelings and emotions. In the last few lines of the letter Lee speaks of how he is merely “waiting” the war out because he has no true emotional attachment to what he is fighting for. This shows that Lee was not one to have his heart tied up into the war.
Although their ideas were somewhat similar in nature, Lincoln and Lee took drastically opposed stances in the war. Lee was a long-time resident of Virginia, which at the time of the Civil War, was an influential slave state. Lee served in and was considered some what of a hero during the Mexican War. Eventually he was put in command of the Confederate Army. When the state of Virginia decided to succeed, Lee kept making large strides for his home state which he loved so dearly, despite his opposing views to succession in...