Robert E Lee: A True American Hero Essay

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“A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.” This quote was made in 1871 by one of the greatest generals and probably men in American History; Robert Edward Lee. Robert Edward Lee was a general in the American Civil War. He led his men and stood with them in each and every they were in and got many of them out safely. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the youngest son of Major-General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and his second wife, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee. His siblings from his father’s first wife are Philip Ludwell Lee, Lucy Grymes Lee, Henry Lee, and Nathaniel Greene Lee. His siblings from his father's second wife are Algernon Sidney…show more content…
Following his duty at Baltimore Harbor he became superintendent of the Military Academy in 1852. Lee then accepted the Lieutenant Colonelcy of the 2nd Calvary in order to escape from the painfully slow promotion of in the engineers. He served with his regiment until his Father-in-law passed in 1857, after that he asked for series of leaves to settle the estate. In 1861 the American Civil War started. The country was divided into the North (Union) and The South (Confederates). Robert E. Lee was the leading general for the South. Ulysses S. Grant was the leading General for the North. The Union had 23 states which were California,Michigan,Connecticut,Minnesota,Illinois,New Hampshire,Indiana,New Jersey,Iowa,New York,Kansas,Ohio,Maine,Oregon,Massachusetts,Pennsylvania,Rhode Island,VErmont,West Virginia and Wisconsin. The South on the other hand only had 11 which were Alabama,Arkansas,Florida,Georgia,Louisiana,Mississippi,North and South Carolina,Tennessee,Texas and Virginia. The North and many ways had a great advantage in the war because they had more men, more factories to build supplies, and a larger navy. On the other hand the South only had to defend their land from the Invading Union. Robert E. Lee served as the commanding general for the Battles of Anteitem,Fredericksburg,Chancellellorsville,Gettysburg and Appomattox Court House. The first shots fired in the Battle of Antietam were fired by Artillery on September 16 1862. After the Surrender of
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