Rick was very impressed by the motto engraved at the bottom of the monument -- this pretty well sums up our belief in trying to put our faith in God, but do all we can to be prepared.
Cody was most impressed with this monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee. Located where Pickett's Charge began, this pays homage to Lee's dedication to his native state of Virginia. Lee was a graduate of West Point before the war and lived at his estate in Arlington, VA -- yes, now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. After Lee resigned his US Army commission to join the Confederates, remaining senior officers in the US Army urged Congress to confiscate Lee's estate for non-payment of taxes ($92), since Lee had not personally come to pay them in 1864 (Lee's agent DID show up to pay them, but was refused). To ensure that Lee could never again return to the estate, the property was used as a Federal Cemetery. An interesting aside -- in 1877, Lee's heirs sued the US government for improper seizure and in 1882 won the case. Lee's heir then sold the estate back to the Government since the cemetery was already established. Seems like politics really don't change very much!
Cody was surprised to see this much more modern monument dedicated to Tennessee soldiers. Erected in 1982, it is the last Confederate monument placed in the park.