Biography of general robert e lee - including history articles, links, recommended books and more robert edward lee (january 19, 1807 – october 12, 1870) was an american and confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the confederate states army. Confederate general robert e lee born robert e lee robert e lee was born on this date in 1807 he was a white american soldier known for commanding the confederate army of northern virginia in the american civil war from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. Robert e lee summary: confederate general robert e lee is perhaps the most iconic and most widely respected of all civil war commanders though he opposed secession, he resigned from the us army to join the forces of his native state, rose to command the largest confederate army and ultimately was named general-in-chief of all confederate land forces. The confederate general who was erased there's a reason you won't find many monuments in the south to one of robert e lee's most able deputies 08/21/2017 04:42 pm et.
One day in january, a few years before the civil war, robert e lee wrote to the new york times, seeking a correction the man who would become the top confederate general was trying to set the. In 1862, the newly formed confederate navy purchased a 642-ton iron-hulled side-wheel gunboat, built in at glasgow, scotland, and gave her the name of ccs robert e lee in honor of this confederate general. The removal of a statue of robert e lee in charlottesville, virginia, sparked a deadly protest, but the confederate general opposed them he thought they would make it harder for the country to heal. Robert e lee was the famous confederate general, commander of the northern virginian army, during the american civil war his brilliance in war waging strategies, his vigor and achievements during the civil war, makes him an iconic figure.
(1807-1870), american soldier, general in the confederate states army, was the youngest son of major-general henry lee, called light horse harry he was born at stratford, westmoreland county, virginia, on the 19th of january 1807, and entered west point in 1825. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for general lee: a biography of robert e lee at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users lee was much more than a confederate general that led the confederacy he was the gentleman that is thought of in a romantic novelhe was truly one of the greatest military. Confederate army general robert e lee was vilified in the north during the civil war only to be transformed in the decades afterward into a heroic icon of the lost cause, admired by many on.
Note: citations are based on reference standards however, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. Confederate gen robert e lee is shown on his mount, traveler (ap) the writer roy blount jr, who wrote a 2003 biography of lee, was on hand to watch a statue of the general being dismantled in. Robert edward lee (january 19, 1807 – october 12, 1870) was the general-in-chief of the confederate states army during the american civil war he led the army of northern virginia in the eastern theater of the american civil war. Richard stoddert ewell is best known as the confederate general selected by robert e lee to replace stonewall jackson as chief of the second corps in the army of northern virginia. Jubal early: robert e lee's bad old man lanham, md: rowman and littlefield, 2014 early, jubal a a memoir of the last year of the war for independence in the confederate states of america.
General robert e lee was one of the greatest generals to have ever lived although having fought for the slave-trading south during the american civil war he was, and still is, regarded as a superb tactician and leader of men by both north and south. Robert e lee was born at stratford plantation, va on january 19, 1807 the youngest son of noted revolutionary war commander henry light-horse harry lee and anna hill, lee grew up as a member of the virginia gentry following the death of his father in 1818, the plantation passed to henry lee iv. Construction crews prepare a monument of robert e lee, who was a general in the confederate army, for removal in new orleans, louisiana on may 19, 2017 photo by reuters/jonathan bachman. A soldier, a politician, and an author, general fitzhugh lee (1835 1905) had earlier attended west point as a cadet and proved to be a boisterous challenge to the superintendent of the academy, who was also his uncle: robert e lee fitzhugh developed an abiding affection and respect for lee, culminating in the nephew's brilliant service to the confederate cause.
Claim between the end of the civil war and his death, former confederate general robert e lee expressed opposition to the building of confederate monuments. Robert e lee day ~ alabama & mississippi honor martin luther king jr by celebrating the birth of a confederate general who fought to keep slavery alive, even though it's not his actual birthday. 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.