Robert E. Lee

 

Bio:

Born: January 19, 1807 in Stratford Hall, Virginia

Died: October 12, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia

Political Party: Democrat

Religion: Episcopalian (Christian)

Wife: Mary Anna Custis Lee

Allegiance: United States (USA), Confederate States of America (CSA)

Highest Rank: General (CSA)

Other: Arguably the most well known General from the Civil War and widely known around the world.

 

Involvement in the Civil War:

Like many generals in the American Civil War, Lee had previously fought in the Mexican-American war alongside many other general in the Civil War who fought on both sides. Lee had hard time deciding which side he would serve on once the Civil War started, but he eventually sided with his home-state of Virginia, he declined the Union offer of General in the army. Lee would first go on to command in West Virginia where he lost the battle of Cheat Mountain. After the Battle of Seven Pines where General Joseph Johnston had been wounded, Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia. When Lee first took command of the Army of Northern Virginia he fortified defensive positions at Richmond and engaged McClellan in the Seven Days Battles. McClellan pulled back eventually and Lee went on to Defeat John Pope at 2nd Manassas ( 2nd Bull Run). Lee then commanded at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsiville which were both Confederate victories, he was raising the morale of his troops. Because of this Lee decided to invade the north, he engaged his troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, arguably the most important battle of the Civil War. Lee had lost the battle after several days and a total of over 50,000 casualties combined, and decided to pull back to the south. After the battle the Confederacy was slowly depleting and two years later the war ended. After the war, Robert E. Lee at the time had mixed feelings about him, and he is now one of the most beloved generals of the Civil War because of his tactics and ability to raise the morale of his troops in uneven odds.

Engagements (Civil War):

- Peninsula Campaign

- 2nd Manassas

- Antietam

- Fredericksburg

- Chancellorsville

- Gettysburg

- Overland Campaign

- Siege of Petersburg

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