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IntroductionFew episodes in history are more painful to Americans than the CivilWar fought between the North and the South This biography GreatAmerican Generals - Robert E Lee by Ian Hogg takes the reader throughthe life of one of the greatest heroes of that war Robert E Lee It is athorough in depth record of the life of Lee and begins with a detailed accountof his family history and his birth through his college years militaryexperience and his work in later life to his death on October 12 1870 Thefirst few pages set the scene by listing a substantial amount of facts about thenames and backgrounds of his parents Harry and Ann and Lees wife MaryCustis with some reference to his fathers army career and political life After Lees early years the reader will learn of his schooling at the MilitaryAcademy West Point followed by his life in the Army before and after theCivil War The biography ends in the latter pages with an account of hiswork after his military career came to an end and finally with his death aftera prolonged period of ill-health thought to be stress inducedAuthor Ian Hogg is a prolific writer in the field of defense and militarytechnology He is a weapons expert having written many books on all typesof rifles shotguns and small arms such as Modern Rifles Shotguns andPistols and Modern Small Arms He is an acknowledged expert on infantryweapons and is thought to be the worlds leading expert on this and artillerystrategies He is a well known author of military history and works as aweapons evaluator in addition to his writingRobert E Lee was born in Stratford Virginia on January 19 1807 His father Henry Lee had achieved fame with Washingtons army asLighthorse Harryand it was a fame that rested not only on his cavalryexploits but upon sound strategic and tactical ability A significant portion ofhis fame was credited to him for beating off a surprise British attack
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