Born on January 19th, 1807 to Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee in Stratford Hall, Virgina, Robert E. Lee was an excellent war general and one of the most important military figures of the Confederacy.
Despite his association with the Confederacy, Lee was actually a strong Unionist and denounced Slavery. The only reason why he stayed with the Confederacy was because he did not want to go against his people in Virginia, his home state that seceded from the Union.
Attending West Point College for education, he graduated 2nd in his class and would later become the Superintendent of the academy, where he would educate the men who would later fight with and against him in The Civil War
Throughout The Civil War, Lee was involved as the lead general of many battles like Cheat Mountain, Antietam, and The Second Battle of Bull Run. While not all of them were victories, Lee showed great leadership and command throughout and established his regard as a great general.
Robert E. Lee died of Pneumonia on October 12th, 1870. Becoming a symbol of the South, Lee's high regard is a topic controversy. However, his objective success as a military general is too significant to be disregarded.
Lee was always politically involved throughout his career, even striking a friendship with George Washington at one point. However, he proved himself as not only an advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, but also as an excellent war general for the Confederate army.