General Robert E. Lee

The Lion of the Confederacy

General Lee: The Confederate Commander

General Lee commanded the Confederate Armies at the Battle of Antietam on September 16, 1862. Antietam was a Union victory, but barely one. After the Battle of Antietam, President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. He commanded the Confederate Armies at the Battle of Gettysburg, which lasted from July 1, 1863 to July 3, 1863. The Confederate States of America lost the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was a turning point in the War Between the States, and she would never regain her former military strength. On April 9, 1865, General Lee surrendered to General U. S. Grant. Lee's surrender did not completely end the War Between the States, but it hastened the surrender of other Confederate units to the Unites States of America (the Union).


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The Tomb of General Lee

General Lee died on October 12, 1870. He is entombed on the campus of Washington and Lee University in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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General Robert E. Lee as a cadet at West Point

While at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lee graduated second in his class. He also graduated without a single demerit.