Robert E. Lee (1807 - 1870) was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy, served as an exceptional officer in the Army for 32 years and commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War from 1862 till his surrender in 1865. Lee was offered a senior Union command, but elected to serve his home state fighting for the Confederacy. After the War, Lee called for reconciliation with the North, supporting President Andrew Johnson's plan for Reconstruction, and served as president of the university eventually named Washington and Lee University.
You might also enjoy reading Theodore Roosevelt's story, The Charge at Gettysburg: Hero Tales from American History and The Burial of the Guns by Thomas Nelson Page. For more, visit Civil War Stories.
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