Last Updated on July 15, 2023
Washington and Lee University is giving new meaning to the term “beating a dead horse” after desecrating the grave of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s trusted war horse, Traveller, as part of an effort to erase both the horse and the General from the liberal arts school that’s named in Lee’s honor.
Washington and Lee University ripped up the grave marker of General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller, and removed a plaque from the stable where Traveller lived out his post-war life until his death in 1871, in the latest cultural Marxist attack on Virginia’s history.
Over the years, visitors to Traveller’s resting place have been known to leave pennies laying heads down on the horse’s grave marker as a slight to the man depicted on the penny, Yankee President Abraham Lincoln. With the pennies laying heads down, Lincoln will “always be staring at Traveller’s ass,” even in the afterlife, fans of the tradition say.
Fortunately, the school does not appear to be planning to dig up the remains of Traveller and had a new headstone lacking any historical context or description of who Traveller was placed in the footprint of the old one on Saturday.
The installation of a new headstone for Traveller is in contrast to what the local government of Richmond, Virginia did to the gravesite of Confederate General AP Hill, whose Richmond statue also served as his final resting place – until the left got a hold of it, ripping down the statue and digging up his grave, that is.
Even if the school is planning to dig up Traveller’s remains, it appears unlikely that any announcement will be made beforehand.
According to a Washington and Lee student newspaper called The W&L Spectator, the school made no announcement indicating that Traveller’s grave would be desecrated ahead of time and declined to inform the newspaper of any plans regarding Traveller’s grave when asked if any existed just weeks ahead of the desecration.
As previously mentioned, Washington and Lee University is partly named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Lee, a native Virginian, served as the university’s president from just after the end of the Civil War in 1865 to his death in 1870. Then, the school was named just for George Washington and known as Washington College, not becoming known as Washington and Lee until after Lee’s death.
The attack on America’s history at Washington and Lee that claimed the grave of Traveller also included the pulling down of plaques commemorating General Lee’s time as president of the school.
Much like Traveller, Washington and Lee is the General’s final resting place, as well as the resting place of several members of the Lee family, in an area known as the Lee Family Crypt.
In recent years, left-wing professors (some of whom tried and failed to have the name Lee stricken from the school after the death of career criminal George Floyd) have pushed for the Lee family’s remains to be removed from the property.