All About Robert E. Lee

By: Alayna Holder


Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Early Years and Education

Robert attend a school for boys that his mothers family started(Elementary school). When he was 13 he was a student of William B. Leary's(Middle school). He later attended Benjamin Hallowell's school in Alexandria(High school). He needed to go to college so he could get a good job to help his mother. He found out that West Point Academy was the best military school and it was free. At West Point he studied science, math and french(most military books are in french) to become a cadet.
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Robert's first job was a scout for the army. Later he became an engineer for the corps of engineers. Also he was the highest General in the Civil war for the South. Finally, in his older years he was the Head of West Point and made many changes to make it better.


  • Father: Henry Lee(aka light horse hairy)
  • Mother: Ann Hill Lee
  • Wife: Mary Custes Lee
  • Children:
  • George Washington Lee
  • William Henry Fitzhugh Lee
  • Anne Carter Lee
  • Eleanor Agnes Lee
  • Robert E. Lee Jr
  • Mildred Childe Lee


First, Robert became a cadet that would later come in handy because cadets learn how to make battle plans. Second, he married Mary Custus(she was a part of a very important and rich family). Third, he fixed forts and building piers. Forth, he was the highest general in the Civil war for the south. Fifth, he fought for the south and in the end surrendered.
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1807-Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, in Westmoreland county, Virginia.

1825- Leaves home to attend military Academy West Point.

1829-Graduates second class from West Point.

1831-Marries Mary Custis at Arlington House.

1852-Accepts job as superintendent of West Point.

1855-Moves to Texas to serve lieutenant colonel in the second Calvary.

1859-Involved in stopping John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry.

1861-Offered command of union army but declines.

1862-Takes charge of the Confederate army of Northern Virginia.

1863-President Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation.

1864- Ulysses S Grant takes charge of the Union army.

1865-Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S Grant.

1870-Dies on October 12.


Robert E. Lee died on October 12 1870 at 9:30 am because his heart was weak.



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