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Robert E. Lee : 

Robert E. Lee By: Brett Martinsen

Early Life & Career: : 

Early Life & Career: Born: January 19, 1807 on the Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia with 5 brothers & sisters Child of the Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee & Anne Hill Lee Part of the upper class in Virginia & had a great family reputation & tradition After a series of failed investments, his father abandoned them, leaving them in debt, & then later died

Early Life & Career: : 

Early Life & Career: Entered the United States Military Academy (West Point) at 18 years old Graduated 4 years later & was the head of his class in artillery & tactics Went into the engineering work force & helped construct several Forts in the South Eventually married Mary Anna Randolph Curtis & had 7 long living children

Military Career: : 

Military Career: Lee served as an exceptional soldier for 32 years before his service in the Civil War Fought as an Army Colonel alongside Ulysses S. Grant in the Mexican-American War In 1859, James Buchannan sent Lee to lead the U.S. Marine Corps to take down John Brown’s rebellion at Harper’s Ferry

The Civil War: : 

The Civil War: Lincoln asked Lee to be the commander for the entire Union army during the Civil War, but Lee declined Lee served as a General in the Confederate Army instead Army of Northern Virginia

Victories: : 

Victories: The Seven Days Battle, VA June 25–July 1, 1862 The Second Battle of Bull Run, VA August 28–30, 1862 The Battle of Fredericksburg, VA December 11–15, 1862 The Battle of Chancellorsville, VA April 30–May 6, 1863 The Battle of Cold Harbor, VA May 31–June 12, 1864 All of his victories in the Civil War were fought in his home state Virginia

Defeats: : 

Defeats: Lee was defeated at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 The single bloodiest day in American history In early July, 1863: General Meade and his Union Army defeated Lee’s army at Gettysburg Largest number of casualties in the Civil War Proved to be the turning point in the war Movie Clip Lee surrenders to Grant at the McLean House near the Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865

Famous Battles During the Civil War: : 

Famous Battles During the Civil War: Battle of Antietam, 1862 Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Lee’s Legacy: : 

Lee’s Legacy: Suffered a stroke on September 28, 1870 & later died from pneumonia two weeks later on October 12, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia Remains to this day, one of America's most respected & honored military leaders in both the South & the North Lee is a symbol of Southern pride, but the cause he fought for was truly a lost cause Honor & Courtesy Beloved General – his men loved him Great leader whose bold strategies and tactics helped the South come close to beating a much stronger opponent

Slide 10: 

“He was a foe without hate; a friend without cruelty; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington, without his reward.” –Benjamin Harvey Hill

Works Cited: : 

Works Cited: Davis, Burke. Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War. New York, NY: Wings Books, 1956. Print "Robert E. Lee.“ http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Robert_Edward_Lee.aspx "Robert E. Lee Biography." http://www.civilwarhome.com/leebio.htm "Robert E. Lee." http://www.robertelee.org/

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