Presentation on theme: "Intro To General Lee On January 19, 1807, at "Stratford" in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Robert Edward Lee was born. He was the fifth child of Henry."— Presentation transcript:
Intro To General Lee On January 19, 1807, at "Stratford" in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Robert Edward Lee was born. He was the fifth child of Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee and Ann Hill (Carter) Lee. With his fathers famous reputation with the Calvary Robert had great expectations to be a big military figure
Robert Edward Lee’s childhood He was raised in the area where George Washington was still a living memory. His father died at Cumberland Island, Georgia, March 25, 1818. He was educated in Alexandria, Virginia, schools, were he was at the top of his class.
Early Adulthood –he obtained appointment to West Point in 1825. –While at West Point he was training with Ulysses S. Grant. –He graduated second in his class and is the only person who didn’t receive a single demerit
After Graduation from the Point He was commission as a second a brevet 2nd Lieutenant of Engineers On June 30, 1831, he married Mary Ann Randolph Custis. They had seven children. He was put in charge of his first battalion during the Mexican war
After Graduation from the Point cont... He was highly recognized during this American Mexican was and was promoted to Colonel due to his gallantry and distinguished conduct in performing vital scouting missions. In 1852, he became Superintendent of the Military Academy. In 1855, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, transferred Lee from staff to the line and was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Cavalry. He was transferred to West Texas were he served from 1857-1861
After Graduation from the Point cont.... In February of 1861, General Winfield Scott recalled Lee from Texas when the lower South seceded from the Union. Politically, Robert E. Lee was a Whig. Ironically, he was attached strongly to the Union and to the Constitution.
THE CHAINGING DATE In 1861, Colonel Robert Edward Lee received a transcript from President Abraham Lincoln. In this message it ask Lee to be the Commander of the Union Forces. The very day before that Virginia succeeded from the Union
LEE’S INVOLEMENT WITH C.S.A. cont... On June 1, 1862 Robert Edward Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia in the Confederate capital of Richmond. The Union forces could not predict him. Lee March all around the South and won battles, shocking the union. Not until February 1865 was he named Commander in Chief of all Confederate forces
LEE’S INVOLEMENT WITH C.S.A. cont... One evening in 1865 he had an idea about marching north and defeating the union in their own territory and then take over Washington D.C. They started the march in march 1865 The Union and the South met in Gettysburg, Pa. This will be the deciding factor of the turning out of the war.
LEE’S INVOLEMENT WITH C.S.A. cont... THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG With the three-day battle with fathers against sons, and brothers against brothers, this was a blood bath. It was a very hard fight. The south lost the battle and soon afterwards lost the war.
LEE’S INVOLEMENT WITH C.S.A. cont... On April 9 th, 1865 Commander and Chief General Robert Edward Lee Surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. He gave the Farewell Address to the Army of Northern Virginia on April 10 th, 1865
Post Civil War On June 13, 1865 he was pardon by President Lincoln. On August 4 th, 1865 he was elected president of Washington College, now known as Washington Lee University. In February of 1867 General Lee declined to be the candidate of the governorship of Virginia. In the spring of 1870 he was experiencing health problems and went to Georgia to recoup from the health problems. On October 12, 1870 he died in Lexington Virginia.
Recap on General Robert Edward Lee He was a great and internal pride man. Graduated from West Point, second in the class without a single demerit. He was a great officer for the Union Army. He was an asset to the confederate army. He is sometimes called the “Father of the South”
For More information on General Robert Edward Lee http://www.american civilwar.com/south/lee.html http://members.tripod.com/~jrw6/lee.htm http://www.stratfordhall.org/rel.htm http://www.civilwarhome.com/leebio.htm