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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807. His father was Colonel Henry Lee, also known as " Light Horse Harry", who was a calvarymen in the Revolutionary war.He grew up and went to West Point in 1925. He graduated in 1929 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps Engineers. Two years after he graduated from West Point, he was married to Mary Anna Custis. He soon after was ordered to go fight in the Mexican-American war. He was promoted to Captain soon. Then, he was promoted to brevet Lieutenant Colonel and soon Colonel, brevet ranks only last untill the war is over. He was then transferred to Calvary after the Mexican-American War. He was appointed as the Superintendent of West Point. Lee then in later years was sent to control John Brown at Harper's Ferry. Soon after that the Civil War started. He privately ridiculed the South for waht they are doing. He was offered command of the United States Army to defend Washington, but he quickly declined when it was apparent that Virginia was going to secede. He is made Commanding General of the CSA army. After many victories and many loses, he finally surrenders his army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. After the war ended he becomes the president of Washington College in Richmond, Virginia. He lives for another 5 years and then dies at the age of 63. Washington College is renamed Washington and Lee University in his honor. He is buried in a chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University.

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1807 - Robert E. Lee born1829 - Robert E. Lee graduates as a 2nd Lieutenant1831 - Robert E. Lee marries Mary Custis1861 - Robert E. Lee seceeds from the Union1863 - Robert E. Lee loses the battle of Gettysburg1865 - Robert E. Lee Surrenders his army to Ulysses S. Grant1870 - Robert E. Lee Dies

Marshall W. Fishwick is an author of many books. His first book was wrote in 1954 titled American Heros, Myth and Reality. He wrote Lee After the War in 1963. He was born on July 5, 1923 and died on May 22, 2006.

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Robert E. Lee was a United States General in the Mexican-American War. He was asked by presidential advisor Francis P. Blair to take control of the United States army. He repsepectively answered no when his home state, Virginia, seceeded. He then was asked by President Jefferson Davis to take controll of the Southern forces. He answered yes. He then proceeded to lose the war after a long 4 years.


- Rishwick, Marshall W. Lee After the War. Scranton: Haddon Craftsmen, 1963. Print.- "Robert E. Lee." A'E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.

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