Robert E. Lee

by Justin Foreman

Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) was born in Virginia. His father was Henry "Light Horse" Lee and his mother was Ann Hill Carter. His father died when he was young and he grew up very poor. He went to the Military Academy West Point and graduated second in his class.

He married Mary Custis and had three sons (Custis, Rooney, and Robert Jr.) and four daughters (Mary, Ann, Agnes, and Mildred). Mary Custis's father was the adopted son of George Washington, so their family and his were close. Robert E. Lee was most famous for leading the Confederacy against the Union. He died in 1870, two weeks after having a stroke from heart disease. His last words were "strike the tent."

Sources:

"Robert E. Lee" by Manfred Weidhorn
"World Book Encyclopedia"
"Encyclopedia Americana"
"Who was Who in the Confederacy"


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