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Robert E Lee Robert Edward Lee is considered one of the greatest generals in the history of the United States Lee was opposed to many views of the south including succession and slavery yet his loyalty to his native state of Virginia forced him to fight for the south and refuse command of the Union armies during the Civil War Because of this he was respected by every man in America including Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant Robert Edward Lee was born to parents Henry Lee of Leesylvania and mother Ann Hill Carter of Shirley in Stratford Hall near Montross Virginia on January 19 1807 He grew up with a great love for country living and his state which would be instilled in him for the rest of his life He was a very serious boy and spent many hours in his fathers library reading as many books as he could get his hands on He loved to play with his friends swim and hunt Lee looked up to his father and always wanted to know what he was doing George Washington and his father Light-Horse Harry Lee were his two heroes and he wanted to be just like them when he grew up In 1811 the Lee family moved to a larger home in Alexandria Virginia The next year his father received injuries in a Baltimore riot from which he never fully recovered and that also caused his leaving of Alexandria for a warmer climate He died six years later at Cumberland Island Georgia when Robert was only 12 Robert was forced to become the man of the family and cared for his mother and sisters because his father and elder brothers had left Robert would stuff papers to block cracks in the carriage and go driving to help
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