robert e. lee

Commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
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Robert Edward Lee was a soldier from Virginia who first served in the U.S. Army, until his home state seceded from the Union during the outbreak of the Civil War. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. He is best known for his command of the Army of Northern Virginia starting in 1862. His early record shows that he was an able tactician and battlefield commander, winning most of his battles, frequently besting Armies with Superior numbers.

At Gettysburg, by far the largest battle of the war, Lee suffered his greatest defeat. It has been suggested that Lee's principle change to offensive tactics resulted in higher casualties than his army could afford. Although the war continued on for nearly two more years, Lee was compelled to surrender to Union forces under the command of U.S. General Grant at Appomattox in April of 1865, and all Confederate forces capitulated following Lee's actions.

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  1. M

    Was Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Confederate government?

    When General Davis E. Twiggs surrendered all U.S. Army posts in Texas in February 1861 this must have included Robert E. Lee who was in Texas at the time.
  2. R

    Robert E. Lee Entries Found

    My friend had found a 3.5 x 6 entry about Col. Robert E. Lee being named General to the Military and Naval forces of Va. It has a entry date for April 20, 1861 and Apeil 23, 1861. It was found in between pages of a old dictionary in the attic of his house. I'm trying to sell this piece but I...
  3. Joshism

    What If Brandy Station Was A Clear Union Victory?

    Lets imagine Gregg is more timely in his arrival and Duffie delivers a better performance. The Union wins a clear victory at Brandy Station, wrecking part of the Confederate cavalry in the process. Realistically, Stuart's force is not wiped out or even close to it, but it does suffer enough...
  4. gentlemanrob

    Happy Birthday General Robert E. Lee

    I was wondering what is everyone's traditional thing to do on the birthday of General Lee? What did you today in 2020 to celebrate the birthday of General Lee?
  5. War Horse

    Ike’s views of Robert E. Lee

    Dwight D. Eisenhower openly admires Robert E. Lee. The Supreme Commander of the United States of America during WWII. Later the President of the United States of America openly admitted to having a portrait of Robert E. Lee in his office. The following is a reply Ike sent to a dentist who...
  6. WJC

    What if... the Roles of Robert E. Lee and Albert S. Johnston Were Reversed?

    At the outset of the Civil War, two highly respected U. S. senior officers were offered overall command of the U. S. Army: Lee, then, when he declined, Johnston- who also declined. Both men quickly received positions in the rebel army. After some early assignments, Lee became titular commander...
  7. gentlemanrob

    Top 10 Robert E. Lee Forum Threads of 2019

    Top - 10 Robert E. Lee Forum 🎆 🎉 Threads of 2019 Thanks to everyone who came up with a thread for the 2019 year for General Lee's forum. We had 10 that were very popular on the site. https://civilwartalk.com/threads/heroism-integrity-character-and-courage-personified.152297/...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    The Greenbrier: The Epitome of the Old South

    (The front entrance to the Greenbrier.) @Southern Unionist and I had the pleasure of stepping back in time to celebrate Christmas this year with a visit to the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. It's a magical place any time of year, but the holiday lights make it extra special...
  9. Cavalry Charger

    Military Rivals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

    I've often wondered about comparisons between these two men and found an interesting C-span video where the experiences of both men are discussed from the point of view of their childhoods through to the surrender at Appomattox and their final days. Included are discussions around the Mexican...
  10. luinrina

    Say What Saturday: Robert E. Lee quote

    December 13, 1862: When morning dawned, the Rappahannock valley was covered in fog, hiding the armies from each other. It took several hours for the mist to lift. At about 10 o’clock the sight cleared, revealing massed Union troops ready to advance. And then the guns on Stafford Heights opened...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Limited Slippery Meets Slope!

    I just read that students and alumni of the Washington and Lee University School of Law have created a petition asking the administration to “provide students with the option of removing the portraits of namesakes Robert E. Lee and George Washington from their diplomas.” It's important to note...
  12. CivilWarTalk

    Did You Know? Within the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond Lies a Secret!

    The Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond was dedicated on May 29, 1890. But before that, a cornerstone was laid on October 27, 1887. It contained a time capsule with several interesting items inside. When the plans for the monument were drawn up, in the cornerstone, a space for a copper capsule...
  13. Stiles/Akin

    Letter From General Robert E. Lee To His Most Trusted Lieutenant General James Longstreet

    LETTER FROM GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO HIS MOST TRUSTED LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET ON AUGUST 29,1864, FROM CAMP PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA LONGSTREET WAS CONVALESCING AT THIS TIME AFTER HAVING BEEN SEVERELY WOUNDED IN BATTLE ON MAY 5,1864. "General J. Longstreet: My Dear General, I received...
  14. CivilWarTalk

    Robert E. Lee Monument (Richmond)

    MONUMENT PROFILE Monument Ave, Richmond, VA ©Michael Kendra, 2015. Battlefield: City of Richmond, Virginia Location: Lee Circle at the intersection of Monument Avenue and Allen Avenue Map Coordinates: 37° 33' 13.70", -77° 27' 36.30" Added to National Register of Historic Places: January 5...
  15. gentlemanrob

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    Threadmarks: Biographical Profile

    Robert Edward Lee Robert Edward Lee was a soldier from Virginia who first served in the U.S. Army, until his home state seceded from the Union during the outbreak of the Civil War. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army in 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. He is best known for his command of the...
  16. Viper21

    Restricted Robert E Lee monument is staying put...

    Victory in Charlottesville....! For now anyways :D A judge ruled last week that Lee's statue is protected by state law as a war monument. For those unaware, the Charlottesville City Council tried to illegally remove the monument leading to lots of nonsense. Without the City Council's...
  17. frontrank2

    Is this General Lee and Traveller?

    Just saw this photo on Pinterest. It appears to be the General and his favorite horse.............but, I'm a little apprehensive with anything historical on Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. Thoughts anyone?
  18. M

    General in Chief

    Did Lee do much as "General in Chief" or was this in name only? Was 99% of his time and efforts focused on commanding ANV to the detriment of grand strategy? Would the CSA have been better served with someone else focused on this role and the grand strategy component versus having someone...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Stratford Hall: Robert E. Lee's Birthplace

    Stratford Hall located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Stratford Hall was the home of four generations of the Lee family of Virginia, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. This was the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee. As the Stratford Hall website points out: “The...
  20. Joshism

    Book Review Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station by Jeffrey William Hunt

    Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station by Jeffrey Hunt Is the second in a trilogy covering the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia from mid-July 1863 through the end of the year. The first...
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