ROBERT E. LEE, A GREAT AMERICAN

Published July 3, 2015 by zuzusays

Gene McVay On Guard

General Robert E. Lee was offered a major command in the Union Army and had no desire to see the United States divided. Lee was the son of Revolutionary War officer Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III and a top graduate of the United States Military Academy. General Lee was an exceptional officer and combat engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. During this time, he served throughout the United States, distinguished himself during the Mexican–American War and served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy.

Lee’s decision was based on the decision made by his state of Virginia. When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee remained loyal to his home state. In the end, Lee surrendered to U.S. Grant at the MacLean House by Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. By this time, Lee had assumed supreme command of the…

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