Robert E. Lee was born January 19, 1807 – 204 years ago tomorrow, Wed. Jan 19, 2011
He was the fifth child born to Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee and Ann Hill (Carter) Lee
Graduated second in his class – the only cadet that graduated with no demerits to his name
Married Mary Randolph Custis (great-granddaughter of Martha Washington) – I bet you knew that!!!
The father of seven children – all three of his sons served in the Confederate Army
In U.S. Army as cadet and officer for a total of 35 years
Offered command of Union forces by Winfield Scott when the South seceded from the Union -you knew that, right?
Refused that offer and served in the military forces of Virginia after Virginia seceded – yes, you knew that!
Appointed Commander of the Regular Army of the Confederate States – knew that too, didn’t you?
Brilliant military leader during the War Between the States – knew that!
Served as Washington College after the war – later named Washington and Lee University, thus honoring both favorite sons of Virginia, George Washington and Robert E. Lee – probably knew that!