A little education is a dangerous thing, and there is certainly too little education involved in recommending the removal of the statues of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson ("Panel: Remove pair of statues," Jan. 15). Mr. Lee was a respected temporary citizen of Baltimore when he oversaw the construction of Fort Carroll. He abhorred slavery, thought it was an abomination. He owned no slaves, but his wife, Mary Custis Lee, inherited slaves descended from those at Mt. Vernon. She was the granddaughter of George Washington's stepson. (Washington never freed a slave, so should his name be removed from the Washington Monument?) The Lees realized that if they just freed their slaves, they would be preyed upon by unscrupulous whites who would have them re-enslaved. So they broke Virginia law and risked prison by educating their slaves so they would be equipped to take care of themselves when set free, and they freed them far in advance of the effectiveness of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and at a time they would be protected by the invading Union army. Then there was the time after the war when General Lee refused communion in his Richmond Episcopal church when the priest refused to serve communion to a free black man, and he walked out with that man never to return.