Robert E. Lee
Best Confederate General of His Time
Born: January 19, 1807 in Stratford Hall, Virginia
Died: October 12, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia
Occupation: Military leader and general
Best known for: Commanding the Confederate Army of Virginia during the Civil War
Robert E. Lee, born Stratford Hall, Virginia, to Henry Lee. His father, was a hero during the American Revolutionary War where he earned the nickname "Light Horse Harry". His mother, Ann Carter, came from a wealthy family.
The Civil War
As a General
Why is Robert E. Lee Important?
General Lee was certainly the best general that the Confederates could offer. He was an extremely honorable man, an expert in traditional warfare, and even the North respected his demeanor.
He was certainly better than most of the generals the North could produce. Unfortunately for him, he was paired against a man who was incapable of fighting a previous war, a man who knew how to use rail and telegraphy. Lee was traditional for the time, and deserves respect, but Grant was the master of the new technology.
Lee is important because he represents the best of the old in battle with the best of the new.
He lost. But honorably.