Robert E. Lee

by: Jayson Prater


It is well that our war is so terrible, else we may grow too fond of it.

A Little Knowledge

Born- January 19, 1807

Death- October 12, 1870

Spouse- Mary Anna Custis Lee

Children- George Washington Custis Lee, Robert E. Lee Jr.,William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Anne Carter Lee, Mildred Childe Lee, Elenor Anges Lee, Mary Custis Lee.

Early Life

There isn't much to say about Lee's early life, except; he was raised in a military household, for the fact that he was the son of Henry Lee III, and that he went to the United States Military Academy (now called West Point).


Lee was a exceptional officer and combat engineer. During this time, he served throughout the United States, distinguished himself during the Mexican-American War, served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, and married Mary Curtis. When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his personal desire for the country to remain intact and despite the fact that President Abraham Lincoln had offered Lee command of a Union Army. During the Civil War, Lee originally served as a senior military adviser to President Jefferson Davis. He soon emerged as a tactician and battlefield commander, winning numerous battles against far superior Union armies.


After the war, as President of what is now Washington and Lee University, Lee supported President Andrew Johnson's program of Reconstruction and inter sectional friendship, while opposing the Radical Republican proposals to give freed slaves the vote and take the vote away from ex-Confederates. He urged them to rethink their position between the North and the South, and the reintegration of former Confederates into the nation's political life. Lee became the great Southern hero of the War, a postwar icon of the "Lost Cause of the Confederacy" to some. But his popularity grew even in the North, especially after his death in 1870. He remains one of the most revered, iconic figures of American military leadership.

Friends Corner

Political Life

Lee was simply a general and battlefield tactician of the civil war (for the south)

Religious Views

Robert E. Lee was a southern raised Christian and is no doubt one of the most respected figures on the stage of human history. The love, admiration and respect given to this man is universal. He was loved by his soldiers, revered by his peers, respected by his enemies, and even his former slaves and servants cherished the time they were given to be with him. Posterity has placed Robert E. Lee in a unique position as one of the most respected men who ever lived. And a great general at that!

Family Info

While he was stationed at Fort Monroe, he married Mary Anna Randolph Custis. They were married on June 30, 1831, at Arlington House, her parents' house just across from Washington, D.C. The 3rd U.S. Artillery served as honor guard at the marriage. They eventually had seven children, three boys and four girls: George Washington Custis Lee, Robert E. Lee Jr.,William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Anne Carter Lee, Mildred Childe Lee, Elenor Anges Lee, and Mary Custis Lee.

General Lee & Junior

Contact Info

Address- 321 Sherman Drive, Fort Meyer, VA

ZIP- 22211

Phone Number- (703) 235-1530