Biography of Robert E. Lee

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Biography of Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford Hall, near Montross,

Virginia, on January 19, 1807. He grew up with a great love of all

country life and his state. This stayed with him for the rest of his

life. He was a very serious boy and spent many hours in his father's

library. He loved to play with some his friends, swim, and he loved

to 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 heroes. He wanted to be just like his father when he

grew up.

In the 1820's, the entrance requirements for West Point were

not close to as strict as they are now. It still was not that easy to

become a cadet. Robert Lee entered the United States Military Academy

at West Point where his classmates admired him for his brilliance,

leadership, and his love for his work.

He graduated from the academy

with high honors in 1829, and he was ranked as a second lieutenant in

the Corps of Engineers at the age of 21.

Lee served for seventeen months at Fort Pulaski on Cockspur

Island, Georgia. In 1831, the army transferred him to Fort Monroe,

Virginia, as assistant engineer. While he was stationed there, he

married Mary Anna Randolph Custis who was Martha Washington's

great-granddaughter. They lived in her family home in Arlington on a

hill overlooking Washington D.C. They had seven children which were

three sons and four daughters. Lee served as an assistant in the

chief engineer's office in Washington from 1834 to 1837, but then he

spent the summer of 1835 helping to lay out the boundary line between

Ohio and Michigan. In 1837, he got his first...