Robert Edward Lee


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Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was a career military officer who is best known for having commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.

The son of Revolutionary War officer Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III and a top graduate of the United States Military Academy, Robert E. Lee distinguished himself as an exceptional ... more »

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  • ''It is well that war is so terrible: we would grow too fond of it!''
    Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), U.S. Confederate general. remark, Dec. 13, 1862, at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Attributed, Dictionary of War Quotations,...
  • ''I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.''
    Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), U.S. Confederate general. Remark, March 1865, to his son, George Washington Custis Lee. Quoted in South Atlantic Quarterly ...
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