Robert E. Lee

Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19th, 1807 in Stratford,
Virginia. Robert\'s father was thrown in debtors jail many times
for not paying on time. He was introduced to war early in his
life; his brother Sydney had shown him a cannon ball and told him
about the revolution. Mrs. Lee\'s stepson was old enough to claim
the mansion where they lived that his dead mother had gave to him
in his will. The Lee\'s left to live in Alexandria. Lee was
brought up in a Christian family.

When Lee was 18, he went to West Point. There were only 6,000
other men in the entire army. Later that year, Lee said goodbye
to his mother and took a stagecoach from Virginia to New York. At
the end of his first year at West Point, he was appointed Staff
Sergeant. When he was twenty-two, he took his money that he
earned; $103.58 in cash and he started a home.

On July 26, 1829, Lee\'s mother died. Robert was at her bed when
she died. Then on June 30, 1831 Lee married Mary Curtis. On
September 16, 1832, Mary gave birth to George Washington Curtis
Lee. Then in 1835 they had their second child, Mary Curtis. Mrs.
Lee was put on bed-rest for many months due to illness. They had
five more children: William Henry Fitzgerald, Annie, Agnes,
Robert and last Mildred. When he was home, they all attended
episcopal Church where he was raised.

On May 13, 1846 the United States declared was on their southern
neighbor. When Lee was 39, he headed for Mexico. Lee\'s will said
that he was worth about $38,750 with few depts. He only had few
slaves: Nancy and her children. And they were to be freed "soon
as it can be done to their advantage and that of others. On
Christmas, Lee wrote to his wife that he hoped this woul.d be the
last time he would be away from her. While they were at war, even
though is was hard, he attended church. He returned on June 29,
1843. On September 1, 1852 he was appointed to superintenent of
the military acadamy where he had graduated. In 1853, a
distressing message reached Lee: Mrs. Curtis had died
unexpectedly. The death made him do something he had never
thought of doing. He wanted to be confined to the church.
It was gunners at Charlestown Harbor who forced Robert E. Lee to
make the tough decisions in his life. On April 12, the United
States, as the union fired upon by Confederate gunners. The civil
war began with the first cannon roar at Fort Sumpter.
The north had more of an advantage because they have all of the
military supplies and factories. The south was a land of farmers
without military supplies and hardly any money to buy them. Then
one day when Lee was in hid hotel, he had a visitor. He read a
report of the supplies coming into Richmond. 60,00 small arms,
and 54,00 flintlocks. I July 21, 1861 they received a telegram
that the south had won the first major battle of the Civil War.
One evening Lee looked up to see a soldier salute. "Major Rooney
Lee was fired upon by Union pickets, Sir, near Cheat Mountain.
His companion, Colonel Washington, died instantly. Union pickets
put three Minie ball through his body." Then Lee\'s face lost it\'s
color. "Your son\'s mount was shot from under him. Major Lee
escaped on Washington\'s horse, sir." Lee sighed in relief.
Washington\'s death hit Lee. He was a good friend of the family.
Lee had been involved in the war for the whole time that it was
going on. He had many battles, and he was fighting very bravely
and strong until the war ended. He lived a happy life after the
war was over.


Robert E. Lee, Lamonte, Lamid. 1988. Grossmunt & Dumount Robert
Lee\'s Life. 1989. Excerpt from Robert Lee\'s Life, Readers Digest.
September 1989