Robert E. Lee

Best Confederate General of His Time

Early Life

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

Since the Lee family didn't have the most money, he saw the military as a great way to get a free education and to have a career. He entered the West Point Military Academy at the age of 18 and graduated in 1829 near the top of his class. After graduating, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers where he would help build forts and bridges for the army.

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.