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. Robert E. Lee
Gen Robert Edward Lee (19.1.1807|12.10.1870) USMA 1829 2/45. Married Mary Ann Randolph Custis, great grand–daughter of Martha Washington, 30.6.1831. Mexican-American War, fought with Maj-Gen Winfield Scott. Superintendent USMA, 1855/1857. 2nd U.S. Cavalry, Lt. Colonel, 1857/1861. Led U.S. Marine detachment against John Brown at Harper's Ferry, 1859. Resigned Col U.S. Army 20.4.1861.