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Vern McHargue, past commander of the General R.E. Lee Camp #726, SCV, emphasized General Lee’s moral compass, the importance of “maintaining honor, duty and hope in his darkest hour.” McHargue was recently a controller for finance and operations at The Heritage Foundation.

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Robert E. Lee’s Portrait Re-Dedicated in City Chambers General R.E. Lee Camp #726 organized funding of painting’s restoration.

Ceremony At The Alexandria City Chamber

It is the portrait across the room from George Washington’s painting in Alexandria’s City Council Chambers. This handsome oil painting bears the likeness of Robert Edward Lee, a son of Virginia and that of Revolutionary War hero “Light-Horse Harry” Lee III, a West Point graduate and superintendent of that institution, who ultimately made one of the most crucial and most difficult decisions in his life as a colonel in the U.S. Army when he resigned his commission to serve as the general for the Army of Northern Virginia in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

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