Who Was Robert E. Lee?
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Robert 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.
impressed with his determination and sense of duty. At every opportunity, Robert paid visits to Mary in Virginia. On one visit, he asked her to marry him. She said yes. Like his father, Robert was about to marry into a very rich and important family. On June 30, 1831, Robert and Mary were married at Arlington House. Mary moved with Robert to Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he now worked as an engineer. But Mary did not like living there. She missed her big and beautiful home. After Mary gave birth
supervised the building and improvement of many forts in the United States. Forts were important because they protected the American people who were settling new land farther west. At that time, many people were afraid of attacks by Indians. Robert traveled to places such as Fort Calhoun, which was on the land that later became the state of Nebraska; Fort Hamilton in New York; and Fort Macon in North Carolina. He also worked on building piers and waterways in places like St. Louis, Missouri.
in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Robert Edward Lee was born. Robert’s father was Henry Lee. His nickname was Light Horse Harry. In the Revolutionary War, he was in charge of troops that rode on horseback. He was a strong fighter, a risk-taker, a hero. He was also a good friend of George Washington. The Lees of Virginia were famous throughout the United States. Like Henry Lee, many had fought in the Revolutionary War. Two of Robert’s cousins were among the signers of the Declaration of
discussed the turmoil the country was facing. A little later on, at the request of Abraham Lincoln, Robert was asked to lead one of the Union’s field armies. That would mean fighting against the South. Robert was a conflicted man. Clearly, he had a lot to think about. He spent time with his family at Arlington. He prayed. He stayed up late at night pacing the floors. In the end, Robert reached an answer. He would resign from the US Army that he had served for thirty years. Although he said he
the Civil War so far. As night fell, Robert’s men remained on the battlefield. They wanted to prove their toughness. But they were tired and hungry, and there were just too few of them left to fight another day. So Robert ordered his army to retreat back to Virginia. To win the war, he had to have more men. Chapter 8 A Fighter to the End Robert moved the Army of Northern Virginia to Opequon Creek, Virginia. He wanted to give his men a short rest and then engage McClellan’s army in battle