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Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19th 1807 in Stratford Virginia Roberts father was thrown in debtors jail many times for not paying on time He was introduced to war early in his life his brother Sydney had shown him a cannon ball and told him about the revolution Mrs Lees stepson was old enough to claim the mansion where they lived that his dead mother had gave to him in his will The Lees left to live in Alexandria Lee was brought up in a Christian familyWhen Lee was 18 he went to West Point There were only 6000 other men in the entire army Later that year Lee said goodbye to his mother and took a stagecoach from Virginia to New York At the end of his first year at West Point he was appointed Staff Sergeant When he was twenty-two he took his money that he earned 10358 in cash and he started a homeOn July 26 1829 Lees mother died Robert was at her bed when she died Then on June 30 1831 Lee married Mary Curtis On September 16 1832 Mary gave birth to George Washington Curtis Lee Then in 1835 they had their second child Mary Curtis Mrs Lee was put on bed-rest for many months due to illness They had five more children William Henry Fitzgerald Annie Agnes Robert and last Mildred When he was home they all attended episcopal Church where he was raisedOn May 13 1846 the United States declared was on their southern neighbor When Lee was 39 he headed for Mexico Lees will said that he was worth about 38750 with few depts He only had few slaves Nancy and her children And they were to be freed soon as it can be done to their advantage and that of others On Christmas Lee wrote to his wife that he hoped this would be the last time he would be away from her
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