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 came to military prominence during the U. Civil War, commanding his home state's armed forces and becoming general-in-chief of the Confederate forces toward the end of the conflict. Though the Union won the war, Lee earned renown as a military tactician for scoring several major victories on the battlefield. He went on to become president of Washington College, which was renamed Washington and Lee University after his death in
The names Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are connected through their Civil War bond and the historic surrender, years ago today, at Appomattox Court House. But how much did Lee and Grant have in common? Both were noted military commanders and graduates of West Point.
Robert E. And yet, Robert E. Lee facts and stories reveal that he is still highly regarded by people, not only in points North and South, but across the world. Just who was this man? What was Robert E. Lee's life like before the Civil War?
To those Americans who revere him—sadly, a dwindling number these days—Robert E. Even his admirers are unaware of the some of the more interesting details of the life of this very human hero. Here are ten facts about Robert E.
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Early military career
Toggle navigation. Lee Facts. Robert E. When Robert was only two his father went to debtor's prison and afterwards left for the West Indies, never returning. Lee joined the military to gain a free education and was 18 when he graduated near the top of his class in Once he graduated he began his military service.
He is known for his tactical success, his brilliance and devotion to duty. His supporters revered him because he was a strong leader and had a sharp mind, which he utilized to the best of his capability. The following are 13 fascinating Robert E Lee facts. Image Credit: roadtorevolution. From to he served as the 9th Governor in Virginia. From the year to , he served as the Major General in the US army. Image Credit: pinterest.