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Civil War historian to portray Gen. Lee at Sharpsburg church

February 14, 2008

Gen. Robert E. Lee, as portrayed by Civil War historian Ed Beers, will be the featured speaker at the Smithsburg Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church this Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Beers has a number of years' experience as a re-enactor, having been featured at Gettysburg, Pa., on numerous occasions.

A resident of Edinburg, Pa., Beers wrote the following about Lee:

"Following the war there was nobody in America that gave more effort to the reuniting of the North and the South than General Lee.

He was offered lucrative positions in England and throughout the South but he chose instead to accept the presidency of downtrodden Washington College in Lexington, Va.

Lee said that he had led many young men into war and now, 'I shall be disappointed; I shall fail in the leading object which has brought me here, unless these young men all become Christians.'"

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In the last brief four years of his life, Washington and Lee was transformed into an advanced university. It may be said of Lee that not only in the great crises of his life, but that all through his life, from the day when he publicly gave himself to the service of God in old Christ Church in Alexandria, he lived not to himself, but to God and to his fellow man.

The Smithsburg Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church meets at the Smithsburg Valley Baptist Church facility at 12911 Bikle Road near Md. 64.

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