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Robert E. Lee

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Birthday
19, 1807
Birthplace
Stratford Hall, VA
Death Date
Oct 12, 1870 (63)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
19, 1807
Birthplace
Stratford Hall, VA
Death Date
Oct 12, 1870 (63)

About

American career military officer who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Before Fame

He attended West Point and graduated as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.

Trivia

President Abraham Lincoln offered him a position in the Union Army, but he decided to follow his home state into secession despite his belief that the Union should remain intact.

Family Life

He was related to Helen Keller through her mother, and his wife was Martha Washington's great-granddaughter.

Associated With

He served as Jefferson Davis's senior military advisor for part of the Civil War.