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Robert E Lee They say you had to see him to believe that a man so fine could exist He was handsome He was clever He was brave He was gentle He was generous and charming noble and modest admired and beloved He had never failed at anything in his upright soldiers life He was born a winner this Robert E Lee Except for once In the greatest contest of his life in a war between the South and the North Robert E Lee lost Redmond Through his life Robert E Lee would prove to be always noble always a gentleman and always capable of overcoming the challenge lying before him Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19 1807 Comptons He was born into one of Virginias most respected families The Lee family had moved to America during the mid 1600s Some genealogist can trace the Lees roots back to William the Conqueror Two members of the Lee family had signed the Declaration of Independence Richard Lee and Francis Lightfoot Charles Lee had served as attorney General under the Washington administration while Richard Bland Lee had become one of Virginias leading Federalists Needless to say the Lees were an American Political dynasty Nash 242 Lees father was General Henry Light-Horse Harry Lee He had been a heroic cavalry leader in the American Revolution He married his cousin Matilda They had four children but Matilda died in 1790 On her death bed she added insult to injury upon Henry Lee by leaving her estate to her children She feared Henry would squander the family fortune He was well known for poor investments and schemes that had depleted his own familys fortune Connelly 5 Henry Lee solved his financial problems by marrying
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