Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807.
He was raised by his mother, from who he learned patience, control, and discipline.
He was accepted to the United States Military Academy and graduated 2nd in his class. He helped build the St. Louis waterfront and worked on coastal forts in Brunswick and Savannah. During this time, he married Mary Custis, granddaughter of President George Washington.
In 1845, the war between U.S. and Mexico happened. General Winfield Scott, overall U.S. Army commander, made Lee part of his staff. He learned many skills he would need.
After the Mexican War, Lee returned as an army engineer. He spent a lot of time near Washington D.C. and moved into Custis mansion (now overlooking the Arlington Cemetery.) Thus was Colonel Lee available for duty to put down a believed rebellion at Harp Ferry, Virginia, the site of a United States arsenal. Colonel Lee and Lt.Jeb Stuart were rushed by train to Harp Ferry, were they Captured abolitionist John Brown and followers.
Browns attempt seemed to confirm all their worst fears. And when Abraham Lincoln was elected, South Carolina seceded and 6 other states did shortly after. Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
General Winfield Scott asked Lee to take control of the U.S. army and put the rebellion down.
Lee’s greatest victory was the Battle of Chancellorsville. This was in May of 1863. Lee was faced with a bigger army that was led by the fighting Joe Hooker. Lee and his most trusted lieutenant, Gen. Stonewall Jackson, divided their forces and marched around to his exposed flank, rolled it up and defeated the union forces once again.
On June 24, 1863, General Robert E. Lee led his Confederate soldiers across the Potomac River and turned in the direction of Pennsylvania. In answer to this threat, President Abe Lincoln replaced his army commander, Jeb Stuart, who, instead of reporting Union movements to General Lee, he had gone off on a raid deep behind the union...