The Life and Career of Robert E. Lee

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Robert E. Lee Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19, 1807 in Stratford, Virginia. When he joined West Point, he graduated second in his class and had a demerit free record (Pryor). After he graduated from West Point, he enrolled into the Army in the Mexican American War. Once the Civil War came across America, Lee took the position as a general for the Confederacy. He proved to be a worthy general by winning the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Seven Days Battle, and was almost victorious in the battle of Gettysburg (Emery 94-100). Because of Robert E. Lee’s military accomplishments in the Civil War, he became one of America’s most outstanding generals. Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia, in 1807. His mother, Anne Carter Lee, stayed at home to clean and feed her family while his father, Henry Lee III, was a politician. Because of financial issues, his father went to debtor’s prison. Because of the debt, his mother had to move from their mansion to a small house in Alexandria. Once freed from prison, Henry left the United States and went to the Indies to escape financial problems. Robert never saw his father again and when he was eighteen years old, he joined the military academy, West Point. While attending, he maintained a demerit-free record, and graduated second in his class. He got his degree in engineering, and joined the Army in the Army’s Engineer Corps (UXL). Robert E. Lee’s first military assignment was to

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