Biography of robert e lee: the life and times of a military genius. Gettysburg national military park ranger matt atkinson examines the post-war life of confederate general robert e lee subjects discussed include lee's tenure at washington college (now. Robert e lee was the commander of the army of northern virginia from 1862 to the civil war's end in this role, he was arguably the most significant general of the civil war in this role, he was arguably the most significant general of the civil war. 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.
Robert e lee: later life with the war over, lee became the president of washington college in lexington, va on october 2, 1865 working to modernize the school, now washington & lee, he also instituted its honor code. Burke davis presents his mastery of research and history with gray fox, a book detailing general robert e lee's endeavors throughout the american civil war gray fox is flooded with immense detail and numerous accounts of people who existed alongside lee, from journal entries to letters. Robert e lee, in full robert edward lee, (born january 19, 1807, stratford, westmoreland county, virginia, us—died october 12, 1870, lexington, virginia), confederate general, commander of the army of northern virginia, the most successful of the southern armies during the american civil war (1861–65. The strangest part about the continued personality cult of robert e lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed memorial day has the tendency to.
(1807-1870) robert e lee was born on january 19, 1807 in stratford virginia he was the proud son of henry and anne hill lee robert e lee’s father fought in the revolutionary war as a cavalry officer. Robert edward lee (january 19, 1807 – october 12, 1870) was an american and confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the confederate states armyhe commanded the army of northern virginia in the american civil war from 1862 until his surrender in 1865 a son of revolutionary war officer henry light horse harry lee iii, lee was a top graduate of the united states military academy. Robert e lee in 1863 #6 he struggled to decide his loyalties in the civil war in march 1861, lee was promoted to full colonel by us president abraham lincolnhowever a few weeks later virginia seceded and lee was offered command of the union forces as major general.
Robert e lee was born on january 19, 1807 in stratford hall, virginia his father, henry, was a hero during the american revolutionary war where he earned the nickname light horse harry his mother, ann carter, came from a wealthy family. Robert e lee (1807-70) served as a military officer in the us army, a west point commandant and the legendary general of the confederate army during the american civil war (1861-65. 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. At the start of the civil war newly minted confederate general robert e lee did not have much of a strategy he applied his skill in engineering to shoring up what defenses he could, especially around richmond in the fall of 1861 he led a campaign to try to regain western virginia when it was. Regarded as the war’s finest general, robert e lee was a master of the organization of war during the mexican-american war and on the frontier, along the texas border and in washington.
Living historian frank orlando describes the life and accomplishments of robert e lee this video is part of the american battlefield trust's in4 video series, which presents short videos on basic civil war topics. Robert e lee, commanding general of the confederate army in 1865, would approve of the heroic actions of journalists in the civil rights era, told in great detail by hank klibanoff in his pulitzer prize winning book the race beat. For some the man robert e lee is an almost god like figure for others he is a paradox robert e lee was born on january 19, 1807 at stratford, virginia robert was the fourth child of a revolutionary war hero henry light horse harry lee and ann hill carter lee young robert, the son, was raised.
American civil war siege of vicksburg battle of chattanooga overland campaign parker was present when confederate general robert e lee surrendered at appomattox courthouse in april 1865 the life of general ely s parker (1919) online van steenwyk, elizabeth. General robert e lee was not charged with treason and he spent no time in jail during the brief five years that he lived following the civil war, robert e lee became the president of washington college (now washington and lee) in virginia. The man, the myth, the legend few civil war leaders are as iconic or memorable as confederate general robert e leefor historians and history buffs alike, he is a complex and fascinating man.
The leading southern commander, general robert e lee was a brilliant battlefield tactician and served as head of the confederate states army throughout the entire war rose greenhow was a confederate spy in washington dc. Many historians consider robert e lee the greatest general of the civil war, and it is generally agreed that his military genius, hampered though it was by lack of men and materiel, was a principal factor in keeping the confederacy alive. In 1845 the war between american and mexico broke out and in 1846 lee was posted to san antonio, texas as assistant engineer to the army of general john e wool captain lee was given the vital task of mapping the area ahead for the advancing troops and even led some into battle, skills he would need 16 years later.