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They say you had to see him to believe that a man so fine could exist Hewas handsome He was clever He was brave He was gentle He was generousand charming noble and modest admired and beloved He had never failed atanything in his upright soldiers life He was born a winner this RobertE Lee Except for once In the greatest contest of his life in a warbetween the South and the North Robert E Lee lost Redmond Through hislife Robert E Lee would prove to be always noble always a gentleman andalways capable of overcoming the challenge lying before him Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19 1807 Comptons He was borninto one of Virginias most respected families The Lee family had moved toAmerica during the mid 1600s Some genealogist can trace the Lees rootsback to William the Conqueror Two members of the Lee family had signed theDeclaration of Independence Richard Lee and Francis Lightfoot Charles Leehad served as attorney General under the Washington administration whileRichard Bland Lee had become one of Virginias leading FederalistsNeedless to say the Lees were an American Political dynasty Nash 242Lees father was General Henry Light-Horse Harry Lee He had been aheroic cavalry leader in the American Revolution He married his cousinMatilda They had four children but Matilda died in 1790 On her death bedshe added insult to injury upon Henry Lee by leaving her estate to herchildren She feared Henry would squander the family fortune He was wellknown for poor investments and schemes that had depleted his own familysHenry Lee solved his financial problems by marrying Roberts mother AnneCarter daughter of one of Virginias wealthiest men Nash 242 Henry Leeeventually spent his family into debt Their stately mansion StratfordHall was turned over to Roberts half brother Anne Lee moved with herchildren to a simple brick house in Alexandria Light Horse Harry wasseldom around Finally in 1813 he moved to the West Indies His self-exilebecame permanent and he
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