Not a good guy, believe it or not.
The Nature's God reading group will return soon.
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee. An Adam Serwer article from 2017, but more relevant than ever.
When I was a young education reporter in Lawton, Oklahoma, I once did a short piece about a contest by students at Robert E. Lee Elementary to write essays on what they admired most about Lee. (Lawton is a military town, so it did make sense to name schools after generals -- my son wen to Eisenhower High, and there is also a MacArthur High.) Most of the kids who won were Black, so we ran a photo of a bunch of Black kids holding up the little Rebel flags they had won. The school closed years ago.
Much of the "violence" at protests comes from police. There's a lot of this on Twitter.