General Robert E. Lee Descriptive Essay

General Robert E. Lee
This paper looks at the life of General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870).
# 120419 | 965 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 14, 2010 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper explains that General Robert E. Lee was well known throughout the North and South as a respectable and courageous man even though he sided with the Confederates because he could not bear arms against his home state of Virginia. The paper specifically describes Lee's famous family, success at West Point, married life and military career, especially his role in the Civil War. The paper points out that Lee, a plantation owner who strongly opposed slavery, is considered one of the greatest military minds and one of the most respected men in American history.

From the Paper:

"Upon the secession of the lower Southern states in 1861, Lee was called back to Washington by General Winfield Scott. He was offered Chief of Command of the Union forces, but declined the offer one day after his home state of Virginia seceded. Instead, he resigned from the United States Army and became Commander-in-Chief of the military and naval forces of Virginia. Once the Virginian forces joined with the Confederates, Lee was commissioned Brigadier General in the Regular Confederate States."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lee, Robert E. "Robert E. Lee American Civil War Confederate General."American Civil War History Timelines. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2009.
  • Jarvis, Gail. "Remembering Robert E. Lee." N.p., 29 Jan. 2002. Web. 17 Dec. 2009.
  • "Lee Family Collection."Princeton University Library Digital Collections. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2009. <>.
  • "Robert Edward Lee Biography." The American Civil War. N.p., 25 Nov. 2006. Web. 17 Dec. 2009. <>
  • Robert E. Lee to his sister, Anne Marshall April 20, 1861. The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee. (New York: Bramhall House, 1961), pages 9-10.

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