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Robert E. Lee Facts

  • Name: Robert E. Lee
  • Profession: American Confederate general
  • Born: January 19th, 1807 in Stratford Hall, Virginia, United States
  • Died: October 12th, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia, United States
  • Resting Place: Lee Chapel & Museum in Lexington, Virginia, United States
  • Legacy: Famous for being the commander of the Confederate States Army

23 Robert E. Lee Facts for Kids

  1. Robert E. Lee was an American Confederate general during the American Civil War.
  2. Robert E. Lee is most famous for being the commander of the Confederate States Army.
  3. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19th, 1807 in Stratford Hall, Virginia, United States.
  4. Robert E. Lee was the son of American politician Henry Lee III and Anne Hill Carter Lee.
  5. Robert E. Lee was one of the six children by Anne Hill Carter Lee and Henry Lee III.
  6. Robert E. Lee married Mary Anna Custis Lee on June 30th, 1831 in Virginia, United States.
  7. Robert and Mary Lee had seven children together, four daughters and three sons.
  8. The seven children of Robert and Mary Lee were George, William, Robert, Mary, Eleanor, Anne and Mildred.
  9. Robert E. Lee died of pneumonia at the age of 63 on October 12th, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia, United States.
  10. Between 1825 and 1829, Lee attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  11. In 1852, the United States Military Academy at West Point appointed Lee as their Superintendent.
  12. In September 1861, Lee fought at the Battle of Cheat Mountain and lost to Union commander Joseph Reynolds.
  13. In June 1862, Lee fought in the Seven Days Battle and defeated Union commander George McClellan.
  14. In August 1862, Lee fought at the Battle of Second Bull Run and defeated commander General John Pope.
  15. In September 1862, Lee fought at both the Battle of South Mountain and the Battle of Antietam. Lee was defeated at the Battle of South Mountain by Union commander George McClellan. The Battle of Antietam was a stalemate between Lee and McClellan.
  16. In December 1862, Lee fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg and defeated Union commander Ambrose Burnside.
  17. In May 1863, Lee fought at the Battle of Chancellorsville and defeated by Union commander Joseph Hooker. Many historians call this Lee’s perfect battle.
  18. In July 1863, Lee fought at the Battle of Gettysburg and was defeated by Union commander George Meade. Some historians believe the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the American Civil War.
  19. In May 1864, Lee fought in four battles against Union commander Ulysses S. Grant. The four battles were the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Spotsylvania, the Battle of North Anna and the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. Historians agree that these four battles had no clear winner.
  20. In June 1864, Lee fought at the Battle of Cold Harbor against Union commander Ulysses S. Grant. There was no clear winner of this battle and historians consider it a stalemate.
  21. In August 1864, Lee fought at the second Battle of Deep Bottom and defeated Union Commander Scott Hancock.
  22. In March 1864, Lee fought throughout the Appomattox campaign against Union commander Ulysses S. Grant. On April 9th, 1865 Lee surrendered his army to Grant and it marked the end of the American Civil War.
  23. In September 1870, Lee had a stroke and would die from complications related to pneumonia on October 12th, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia, United States.

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