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Robert Edward Lee Robert Edward Lee was born of two distinguished Virginia families He was a devoted son an outstanding Westpoint cadet and an United States army officer for thirty two years He graduated second in his class Lee started his impressive Military career as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers His first assignment was to work on the construction of Fort Pulaski in 1830 near Savannah Georgia Then in 1831 he was transferred to Fort Monroe Virginia where he worked on harbor defenses In 1834 he moved to Washington DC as an assistant to the chief of engineers In 1835 he was assigned to resolve the Ohio-Michigan boarder conflict In 1837 he went to Saint Louis to work on stabalizing the Mississippi river channel He was promoted to captain in 1838 Being sucessful in Saint Louis he was assigned to Fort Hamilton in 1841 to work on the New York Harbor fortifications When war broke out with Mexico in 1840 Lee was sent to Mexico for two years as an engieneering officer There he was praised for his galantry and good conduct In the war with Mexico he was wounded in the Storming of Chapultepec in 1847 The Mexican war was suposed to be the help that Lee needed in the experance of commanding troops After the Mexican war Lee was assigned to Baltimore in 1848 he was to supervise the construction of Fort Carrol for nearly four years In 1852 the United States military academy at West Point became Lees home when he was appointed superintendent During his three year stint
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