General Lee was one of the greatest military leaders in American history, even if he fought for the other side.



  • Fact 1: Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) a career US Army officer, commanded the armies of the Confederacy in the American Civil War.
  • Fact 2: Lee reluctantly joined the Confederacy at the outbreak of the war, protective of his home state of Virginia but skeptical of the South's goals.
  • Fact 3: After a series of crushing setbacks, Lee surrendered to Union forces at Appomattox on April 16th, 1865, ending the American Civil War.
  • Fact 4: After the war, Lee (though stripped of his voting rights) retired from the military to become president of Washington College.
  • Fact 5: Lee once told a Washington College colleague that the biggest mistake of his life was taking a military education.

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