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General Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee is no doubt one of the most respected figures to ever walk the stage of human history. He was loved by his soldiers, revered by his peers, respected by his enemies, and even his former slaves and servants cherished the time they were given to be with him. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was so respected that President Abraham Lincoln offered him the position of Commander of the Union Forces. Lee’s response was that he would not take sides in
Early one winter morning, a young Robert E. Lee was on a walk. Snow had fallen the night before & a blanket of it covered his path. On his walk, he heard small footsteps behind him. He turned around & saw his small son Custis following. Custis was struggling to ensure each step of his landed in a footprint of his father. "When I saw this," Lee told one of his friends afterwards, "I said to myself, ’it behooves me to walk very straight when this fellow is already following in my tracks.’"
This photograph shows General Robert E. Lee. The picture was taken by Mathew Brady, shortly after Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Lee is wearing his confederate uniform. At the time the photograph was taken, it was unclear what punishment might be given to Lee for his pivotal role in the Civil War.
Lee to Davis regarding the loss at Gettysburg Mr. President Your note of the 27 enclosing a slip from the Charleston Mercury relative to the battle of Gettysburg is received. I much regret its general censure upon the operations of the army, as it is calculated to do us no good either at home or abroad. But I am prepared for similar criticism & as far as I am concerned the remarks fall harmless.