Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 in Stratford, Virginia. He was the youngest boy born to Henry Lee who fought in the American Revolution. Lee graduated second in his class in the U.S Military Academy at West Point, afterward joining the Corps of Engineering as a second lieutenant, and in 1838 he became a captain.
During the Mexican- American war Lee’s joined General John E. Wool’s operation, then and in 1847 he joined General Winfield Scott. After many other battles during the Mexican- American war, in which Lee was wounded, he rose through the ranks to make a pit stop at colonel. In 1852 Lee became the superintendent of cadets at his alma mater, even though he felt ill- prepared for the job, Lee’s strict policies proved to benefit the school. After three years though, Lee left and became the lieutenant colonel of the Second U.S Calvary. In 1859 when Lee suppressed John Brown’s uprising at Harper’s Ferry without any blood shed with the help of a company of marines, Lee became colonel of the First U.S Calvary.
Lee was very loyal to his home state: “He supported neither secession not slavery, but he felt deeply obliged to support his native state of Virginia” (Robert). When Abraham Lincoln offered him command of all federal armies he declined, to become the lieutenant-general of Confederate forces. Lee did not see much b...
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