Robert E Lee 's Life

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As Robert E. Lee said, “You cannot be a true man until you learn to obey.” This quote fits his life well as he worked his way up the chain to be the man and wonderful military leader he was. Robert started on the bottom and work his way all the way up to General. One of the bloodiest battles he was in was at Antietam as he was trying to gain Northern soil. Robert E Lee was born on January 19, 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia. He was born to Henry “Light Horse Larry” Lee and Anne Hill Carter Lee. At the young age of 24 he marries Anna Randolph Custis which would 've been the year of 1831. Robert went to West Point Military school and graduated second in his class in 1829. Despite all of his military background from his family and such Lee had yet to see a battlefield. Instead of going to a war he spent seventeen years as an officer in the Core of Engineers. However, his service during the 1846 war with Mexico changed that. He emerged from this conflict as a colonel. From 1852 to 1855 he served as superintendent at West Point. In 1855 he joined the Civil War in the cavalry. He served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd cavalry. He was considering leaving army when in 1859 he was called to dislodge John Brown and his raiders. This was a quick and virtually bloodless end to John Brown. After this he then went to Texas to rejoin his regiment. From February of 1860 all the way through February 1861 he played the role of commander of the Department of Texas. In the

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