Saturday, January 19, 2013
General Robert E. Lee (1807 - 1870)
Today is his birthday. He would have been 206.
Did you know that he was the son of Revolutionary War officer Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee III?
Did you know that he married the great-granddaughter of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, which made him the step-great-grandson-in-law of George Washington?
Did you know that he once served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York?
Did you know that he was offered command of both the Union and Confederate armies?
Did you know that after the war he became president of what is now called Washington and Lee University in Virginia?
Did you know that he and his wife, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, had three sons and four daughters (George Washington Custis Lee, William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Robert Edward Lee Jr., Mary Lee, Eleanor Agnes Lee, Anne Carter Lee, and Mildred Childe Lee)?
I didn’t think so.