Robert E. Lee 's Life During The Civil War

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The Civil War was not only a time of regional tension, but of personal tension, especially for Confederate army leaders. The constant pressure from needing to defend and protect Southern independence contributed to the rise of anxiety and stress related medical disorders. Robert E. Lee, a brilliant Confederate general and skilled tactician, was such a case. General Lee 's health during his pre-Civil War years was without blemish. However, with the beginning of the Civil War, Lee 's health experienced noticeable decline. Later in his life, doctors diagnosed Lee with pericarditis, but more modern clinical evaluations of Robert E Lee 's symptoms conclude that his condition was more likely attributed to stress induced ischemic heart disease (Mainwaring-Tribble 244). Lee’s condition was accelerated by the wartime stress and contraction of malaria in 1863, leading to pains on the battlefield which impaired strategical judgment. Robert E. Lee’s first year as commander was impressive in military accomplishments, but his confidence was shaken after a devastating loss in the family. The general assumed his command of the Army of Northern Virginia in May of 1862 after the Battle of Seven Pines wounded Joseph Johnson. Lee was 54 years old at the time and led the Confederates at 3 major battles that year – Battle of Seven Days, Second Bull Run, and Antietam. The Battle of Seven Days began on June 25 and lasted until July 1. The overall outcome of the conflict was that the Union army won
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