superintendent was robert e lee. the lee family would host cap -- the top cadets at their home on sunday afternoon and entertain the boys and try to teach them some manners. from time to time, mrs. lee would invite some of the girls from the community to entertain some of the boys. some of the memoirs say how awkward it was between the young cadets and the young girls, but lee took note of the young cadets who were doing well in school and took note of this tall boy, godfreid weitzel. godfrey was one of the top students in his class all four years. this is the grade from his junior year. the number one position was held by cyrus comstock from massachusetts. godfrey weitzel was in third place by the end of their junior year. comstock was 20 when he entered west point. official records say weitzel was 16, but we know he was 15. even though he was five years younger, he was nipping at the heels of cyrus comstock. weitzel had only 60 merits for -- only six demerits for the entire year his junior year, pretty remarkable feat at west point. you can see below him, ebenezer gay had 100 demerits.
-- you know, from lincoln being the greatest president of all time to a tyrant to robert e. lee to a traitor arched the greatest thing of the south. once you hear all the spectrum or the broad range of opinions, you eventually get like muhammad ali, you remember when he was older what his strategy is. it was called the rope-a-dope. what do you do? you just let them punch themselves out. once they tire themselves out, maybe then you can communicate with them. most of the time otherwise, they've their point to make an you've just got to let them go. because why? he customer is still king. >> anybody have any -- gentlemen? >> ok. i'm going to start my question basically as a statement, because i was involved with spotsylvania county for four years or so on the tourism and special events commission. and the county, as the sesqui-centennial arrived took great pride in being the first county in the commonwealth to have a sesqui-centennial commission and it was also, unfortunately, i think one of the first to drop it due to so-called budgetary constraints. but just saying that, and going th
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