Who Was Robert E. Lee? by Bonnie BaderRobert E. Lee seemed destined for greatness. His father was a Revolutionary War hero and at West Point he graduated second in his class! In 1861, when the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was offered the opportunity to command the Union forces. However, even though he was against the war, his loyalty to his home state of Virginia wouldn’t let him fight for the North. Despite the South’s ultimate defeat, General Robert E. Lee remains one of the United States’ true military heroes.
Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee served as a military officer in the U. In June , Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, which he would lead for the rest of the war. Lee and his army achieved great success during the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Bull Run Mansassas and Fredericksburg, with his greatest victory coming in the bloody Battle of Chancellorsville. In the spring of , Lee invaded the North, only to be defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Robert E. Lee came to military prominence during the U.S. Civil War, commanding his home state's armed forces and becoming general-in-chief of the Confederate forces toward the end of the conflict. He went on to become president of Washington College, which was renamed Washington.
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Few figures in American history are more divisive, contradictory or elusive than Robert E. Lee, the reluctant, tragic leader of the Confederate Army, who died in his beloved Virginia at age 63 in , five years after the end of the Civil War. In a new biography, Robert E. Lee , Roy Blount, Jr. I plunged back into it for this book, and am relieved to have emerged alive.
Robert E. Lee was the most successful Confederate military leader during the American Civil War — This also made him, by virtue of the Confederacy's defense of chattel slavery, the most successful defender of the enslavement of African Americans. Yet his own personal record on both slavery and race is mottled with contradictions and ambivalence, all which were in plain view during his long career. Born into two of Virginia's most prominent families, Lee spent his early years surrounded by enslaved African Americans, although that changed once he joined the Army. Lee, as executor of his estate, was responsible for manumitting them within five years. He was widely criticized for taking the full five years.
Robert E. In February he was given command of all the Southern armies. On both sides, Robert E. His father, Col. Despite his aristocratic connections, Lee lacked the advantages of wealth as a boy. Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia, the most successful of the Southern armies during the American Civil War , and ultimately commanded all the Confederate armies. As the idol of the defeated Confederacy , Lee became an enduring symbol for people of the American South.